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Caribbean Experiences

"PROTEGER" pilot projects

Within phase 2 of the project « PROTEGER » , pilot projects, initially small in size and then more ambitious, are planned in partnership with the Guadeloupe Region, the project owner for works in Guadeloupe watercourses. They will enable the chosen species and techniques to be tested in real conditions and raise awareness among professionals and the general public about plant-based bank protection techniques.

On the watercourse Lézarde (Petit-Bourg), two small worksites will be carried out to reinforce the banks.

In the town of Sainte-Rose, the road diversion at La Boucan requires the diversion and restoration of the bed and banks of the Ancenneaux watercourse up to its confluence with La Grande Rivière at Goyaves.

Bank stabilization and restoration works will be carried out mainly using ecological engineering techniques.

Follow the start and progress of pilot worksites in the Our news section.

Bioengineering in the Caribbean

Bioengineering techniques are better known and more often used in Europe and North America than in the Caribbean, and more generally in tropical environments.

A program for the reduction of natural risks in Honduras and Haiti has led to the implementation of bioengineering projects in these countries:

Harari, N., Gavilano, A. and Liniger, HP. (2017) Where people and their land are safer: A Compendium of Good Practices in Disaster Risk Reduction. Bern and Lucerne, Switzerland: Centre for Development and Environment (CDE), University of Bern, and Swiss NGO Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Platform, with Bern Open Publishing

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Small experiments have also been carried out in French-speaking islands (Martinique and Guadeloupe) and larger-scale projects have been carried out in Colombia and Puerto Rico, but on the whole these trials have been poorly documented.

Within the project "PROTEGER", the recording of experiences of existing bioengineering works in the West Indies and South America will be carried out. It will make it possible to characterize all existing techniques in tropical environments and their performance over time in relation to the characteristics of the environment and erosive constraints.