Breakwaters not a cure-all for Negril – PIOJ

 THE Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has cautioned that the progressive erosion of the Negril coastline cannot be solved with a single project, even as debate rages over the planned installation of breakwaters to arrest the problem.

 “Because of the extensive work to be done in Negril, no one project can address that,” said Claire Bernard, the PIOJ’s deputy director general.

 The PIOJ is the national implementing entity (NIE) for the ‘Enhancing the Resilience of the Agriculture Sector and Coastal Areas to Protect Livelihoods and Improve Food Security’ programme of which the breakwaters form a part.

 Negril’s internationally renowned coastline has been retreating between one and two metres annually for more than a decade, prompting concern from stakeholders, given the town’s heavy reliance on tourism, which rakes in millions in foreign exchange for Jamaica annually.

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