In establishing a framework for the Comprehensive National Coastal Monitoring Programme (CNCMP), the Government, through the Ministry of Works and Transport (MOWT) Coastal Protection Unit (CPU), is conducting a coastal social survey (CSS) in coastal communities across the nation.

The initiative will give Trinida­di­ans and Tobagonians the oppor­t­u­nity to share their thoughts about and experien­ces with coastal erosion, coastal flooding and climate change.

The survey, which started on Monday and continues for two weeks, will be executed from Mondays to Sundays by CNCMP principal consultant Coastal Dynamics Ltd, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The CPU has embarked on the CSS as an integral part of the implementation of Phase 1 of the CNCMP to engage coastal communities in discussions about the coast, including coastal risks and impacts, and coastal protection and management.

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The unit aims to gain an understanding of the value of the coast to communities while gauging the public’s perceptions of and experiences with coastal erosion, coastal inundation and climate change, and the public’s involvement with and preferences for coastal protection schemes.


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