Only One Hope to Stop Erosion at Boca del Rio Park
Source: Ambergris Today
July 7, 2011
"The Boca del Rio Park is a popular recreational area and an important landmark for the community of San Pedro. Unfortunately, this site has been under a constant battle with nature and is now considered highly vulnerable to erosion.
The seawall and recreational facilities were wrecked after hurricane Keith in 2001 and the installation of geotubes to mitigate the subsequent erosion are already giving way to the high energy waves. No matter what man-made measures are taken it seems that only nature can win this battle.
Mangrove reforestation offers an opportunity to bring back the mangroves that would embrace the temporary substrate created by the tubes and protect the shoreline from the constant battering of waves and storm surge. After consultation with the San Pedro Town Council, a demonstration area has been setup using the Riley Encased Methodology (REM) developed by Bob Riley of Mangrove.org
The program is being coordinated by the Coral Reef Alliance in partnership with Hol Chan, Coral Ed-ventures, SPTGA, WWF, Mangrove.org and the San Pedro Town Council."
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