WASHINGTON, D.C.: The World Bank has announced that beaches in most Caribbean nations have started to disappear due to storms and rising sea levels.
In a new report, the U.S. based financial institution said in some areas of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, an estimated 18-30 meters of beach have been lost over the last nine years.
“The highly vulnerable coastal strand and adjacent towns are fighting against increased flood risk from rainfall and storm surge,” said the World Bank.
The financial institution said beaches are not the only concern, noting that Caribbean ports are also at risk from rising sea levels.
“In island states, ports are the economic heart of the country, typically the capital and the island center of commerce.”
To improve the Caribbean’s ability to resist and adapt to the effects of climate change, the World Bank has recommended that land planning be incorporated more into social programs to tackle how exposed people are at risk.
It also recommended the implementation of a preventive system to establish an economic recovery and diversification plan following a disaster, as well as increased investment in scientific data collection and flood controls.