Thursday 9 July, 2020

Nevis partners with UNDP for Fort Charles protection project

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A two member team from Jamaica is set to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to begin work on the Fort Charles Reclamation and Protection Project on the island of Nevis.

This was revealed by Minister of Physical Planning and Environment, Spencer Brand.

He said representatives from Jamaica-based companies, Smith Warner International (SMI) and Environmental Solutions, will spend three days on a fact-finding mission.

SMI won the bid to provide technical support for the project, and according to company representative Timothy Thwaites, fact-finding is integral to the successful completion of the entire process.

He revealed: “As a part of the initial phase of the process, my role is to collect physical data, measurements of the current situation on the ground, upon which all the engineering solutions will be based, and so it’s a fundamental beginning, initial step to get a grasp visually and measurement wise of what we have on the ground so that appropriate, well-guided solutions can be formulated thereafter and  so that’s my main purpose here this week and we thank you for the welcome and we look forward to a successful data collection exercise on my part.”

Senior Environmental Analyst at Environmental Solutions, Annmarie Goulbourne said the aim is to collect environmental data directly from the site and through stakeholder consultations.

She added: “Everything can then be integrated into the environmental impact assessment, and ensure that we cover all the elements of the environment, social, ecological and physical.”

Fort Charles is a historic site on the island of Nevis, which has been severely eroded by the rise in sea levels.

Minister Brand said the primary objective is to protect this piece of the islands history, which would otherwise be lost forever.

“The aim is to try and protect this very valuable piece of our Nevisian history and the fact that the fort is in the sea, it is falling in the sea, and if we don’t do something quickly we are going to lose it, and I feel that it was of critical importance to the island of Nevis and to the history of Nevis that we engage in this project” he said.

The Fort Charles Reclamation and Protection Project is being done in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme.

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