Department of Environment Reminds the Public of Impending Works in the Cashew Hill and Surrounding Communities

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  1. JOHN’S, Antigua, April 6, 2022

 

Further to our March 16th 2022 press release, the Department of Environment (DOE) would like to remind the public of the impending works in the Cashew Hill community and surrounding areas under the Green Climate Fund (GCF) supported Enhanced Direct Access (EDA) Project. This project will provide the following benefits:

 

  1. Reduce flooding within the community
  2. Reduce the presence of mosquitos
  3. Provide an aesthetically pleasing look for the community.

 

However, it has come to the attention of the DOE that members of the community have constructed a concreted walkway across the waterway. While the DOE applauds the effort of the community members to improve their community, this bridge will have to be removed to accommodate the works and create the most resilient design possible to protect the community in the long run. Community members can contact the Department of Environment for guidance on how to proceed, or for any additional concerns.

 

The work to be done over the coming weeks include:

  • Removal of the standpipe from the bridge to an adjacent location and make water available to the community;
  • Start construction at the bridge by the community pipe;
  • Build footbridges in five areas along the waterway to that allows for all persons including persons with disability access while not restricting waterflow;
  • Establish mosquito control monitoring and control systems,
  • Provide employment to persons in the community to keep the waterway free from grass and garbage

 

These works will cost an estimated EC $9 million and have been designed to meet a 1 in 50 year storm event, which exceeds international best practices.   This new standard in flood prevention means even with the heaviest of rains the community will not flood and water will flow where it is supposed to go.  These designs have been created with local and international engineering experts and have received approval from the Development Control Authority (DCA).

 

For more information please contact Mr. Craig Cole, EDA Project Coordinator, at 462-4625. You can also email [email protected]. We thank the members of the Cashew Hill and surrounding communities for your consideration and patience as we seek to improve Antigua and Barbuda.

 

 

 

Background information

The Enhanced Direct Access (EDA) project aims to build integrated resilience of individuals and their businesses, communities and governance systems through responsive grant and loan award mechanisms that are transparently managed through devolved decision making by those affected by climate change. The three participating countries are Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Grenada.

 

The project has four components that will be implemented in three pilot countries: 1) establish transparent decision-making processes and build capacity; 2) award USD 9 M towards adaptation in pilot public infrastructure projects; 3) award USD 3 M in small adaptation grants to CSOs; and 4) approve USD 6 M in concessional micro-Revolving Loans to vulnerable homes and businesses.

 

Please see  attached drawings for the footbridge.  For more information on this project please visit https://environment.gov.ag/projects-reports#/Enhancing-Direct-Access-%28EDA%29-in-the-Eastern-Caribbean

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