A project to mitigate the impact climate change is nearing completion in the bagatelle community.
With the help of the embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago, storm drains are being construction to protect lives and property in the landslide prone areas.
The $130,000 project began three months ago with the construction of 1000 feet of storm drains.
The project is being undertaken by the Dominica Association of Local Government Authorities, DALCA.
Yoland Jno Jules is Chairman of the association.
He explained that,” There is a first phase which was already [funded] by the GEF Small Grants Programme and this is the second phase. The purpose is to protect lives and property; as you know, this is a vulnerable area. There was a landslide here some years ago and people lost their lives and their property. So DALCA applied to the Embassy of Japan and they approved two projects: the Bagatelle storm drains and the retrofitting of the Fond Cole Resource Center.”
The project was originally planned to be done under the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) where $11m dollars had been allocated by the World Bank.
The Hon. Parliamentary Representative says the funds can now be used to tackle other areas that need attention.
“As you can appreciate, the topography of this whole area makes it prone to landslides and it is an area which experiences high rainfall. I’ve been informed that this storm drain will continue to the southernmost part of the village so maybe under the DVRP we can extend it down to the basketball [court] so the runoff water will be totally controlled,” he said.
The Hon. Parliamentary Representative says storm drains in Petite Savanne, Dubique, Bellevue Chopin and Pichelin will also be constructed.
The project is expected to be complete in September.