Togo looks for innovative ways to fight coastal erosion

Economic governance
Monday, 07 September 2020 17:04
Togo looks for innovative ways to fight coastal erosion

(Togo First) - Togo is looking for innovative solutions to protect its coasts, as part of the fight against coastal erosion and the protection of its coastline. 

According to public authorities, the movement’s main objective is to have "no more construction along the coast being swallowed by the sea by June 2021." This is while waiting for the WACA program, which aims to tackle coastal erosion and sea pollution, to take over next year. 

In this framework, the Togolese government recently entrusted the engineer Déo Eklu-Natey with the implementation of an emergency project to temporarily protect, if not save, all the houses on the Togolese coast that are likely to be washed away by erosion before mid-2021.

"The contract has already been signed and the engineer is currently preparing the construction sites for the effective implementation of this emergency project," said Dr. Adou Rahim Alimi, WACA's program coordinator for Togo (reported by Sputnik).

This project is expected to cost the Togolese State about 600 million FCFA, with the support of the World Bank.

The initiative, a provisional project, involves digging trenches around the previously identified infrastructures, to a depth of about two meters, to facilitate sedimentary deposition with arriving waves and increase the space separating the sea from the structures. This technique, simple and innovative, was developed by the Togolese engineer.

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