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Coastal defenses in Guyana

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It is interesting to see that the Government of Guyana after some prodding will look at the possibilities of using the Vetiver System for strengthening its coastal sea defenses  (See).  There are many countries that have depended on mangrove as a buffer to storm wave action.  However often mangrove (particularly depleted mangrove) is not sufficient to protect coastal sea dykes.  In Vietnam  there are some good demonstrations of Vetiver being used to protect sea dykes, particularly the inside bank which is often neglected, is highly erodible, and the cause of bank breaching.  Here are a couple of useful links: THE USE OF VETIVERS IN COASTAL ENGINEERING  and  Sea dike erosion on coastal zone in North Vietnam

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