The National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) on Tuesday signed a contract with S&K Construction Services for $19.2M to improve river defences on the coastland.
The contract specified 600 metres of brushwood dam to be installed along the foreshores of Land of Plenty to Bush Lot, Essequibo Coast, Region Two.
Construction of the structures will begin immediately with duration of four months.
NAREI’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Oudho Homenauth, presented the contract to Lullita Singh, a representative of the constructing firm at his Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara (ECD)’s Office.
On handing over the contract, Dr. Homenauth said that his entity’s engineer, Luandra Jack will be monitoring the installation of the brushwood dam.
Last year July, the same company was awarded two contracts totalling $21.5M for the installation of a brushwood dam at Lusignan, East Coast Demerara and along the foreshore of Walton Hall, Essequibo Coast.
The structures are expected to reduce the amount of wave velocities, allowing sling mud to settle out on the lee side of the structure. Over time, the elevation of the foreshore will increase to an elevation suitable for mangrove restoration.
To strengthen coastal sea defence, NAREI has over the years implemented a number of
interventions throughout the country. In Essequibo, interventions were made for the restoration of mangroves and creation of suitable environment to promote restoration in areas where the supporting criteria does not exist.
The entity has completed seedling planting at Lima, Essequibo, resulting in a successful restoration and natural regeneration extending the forest length and width. Geotextile tube groyne and spartina planting at Devonshire Castle were done and this resulted in increased elevation and natural regeneration.