Carib-Coast: Caribbean Network for Coastal Hazards Prevention in relation to climate change
In a context of repeated cyclonic crises and rise in sea level, the Carib-Coast project, piloted by the BRGM (French Geological and Mining Research bureau) and integrated into the Interreg Caribbean program, aims to initiate a Caribbean network for the prevention and management of coastal risk crisis in relation to climate change.
Exposed to extreme cyclonic events and the gradual rise of sea level in relation to climate change, Caribbean coastlines are subject to hazards such as coastal erosion and marine submersion.
Above all, the associated risks concern the safety of property and the populations, but also the tourist economy related to the maintenance of the beaches and the natural heritage of these interface environments rich in biodiversity (mangroves, coral reefs, seagrasses).
The Carib-Coast project is based on the principle of effective networking. It aims to share, co-build and disseminate monitoring approaches, coastal risk prevention and adaptation to climate change.
The project encompasses the entire Caribbean with focus on the French Caribbean territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint Martin, alongside Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.
It will particularly provide a digital marine submersion modeling platform, a coastal erosion monitoring and prevention network based on nature-based solutions and operational risk management of the coastlines.
Benefiting from a broad partnership and led by the BRGM, the Carib-Coast project is supported in particular by the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and the Caribbean Community Center on Climate Change (5C).
This project is co-financed by the Interreg Caribbean program under the European Regional Development Fund. Overseen by the Guadeloupe region which is the Managing Authority, Interreg Caraïbes is a European program enabling Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique and Saint-Martin, French and European territories, to undertake cooperative actions with their neighbours in Caribbean region, more than 35 countries from an area that encompasses from the north, Mexico, up to Venezuela in the south.