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Negril breakwater project approved

Published:Tuesday | December 16, 2014 | 1:00 PM

The Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA) has granted approval for two controversial off-shore breakwaters to be built in the Long Bay area in Negril, Westmoreland.

The breakwaters will form part of a beach management strategy to slow the pace of erosion of the Negril coastline by strengthening coastal protection.

The project has been the source of great contention among environmentalists, residents and the business community in Negril who argue that the break water system will damage the environment and affect tourism in the community.

According to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NRCA) granted the National Works Agency (NWA) Beach Licences for the construction and maintenance of the breakwater structures, dredging of the sea and coastal reclamation.

NEPA says the Beach Licences have been issued contingent on a number of conditions.

Given the public's interest NEPA says the terms and conditions of the licences will be made available to interested parties to allow stakeholders the opportunity to hold the developers accountable for the works planned.

A monitoring partnership is also to be established through the formation of a Local Monitoring Committee that will include public and private sector interests.

The two breakwaters are being installed  under the GOJ/Adaptation Fund Programme titled, Enhancing the Resilience of the Agriculture Sector and Coastal Areas to Protect the Livelihoods and Improve Food Security Project.

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