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Erosion concerns

Maciu Malo
Saturday, January 11, 2014

COASTAL erosion is threatening tourism properties and homes along the Coral Coast.

Hotel operator Mustafa Khattab said erosion was also a threat to businesses and to the future generations.

The owner of Casablanca Hotel in Korotogo said all affected stakeholders should work together to address the issue.

"I have been staying here for the past 20 years and I have seen the impact of climate change along the Coral Coast," said Mr Khattab.

"We've got to act collectively and look at what is happening here.

"We are lucky that we are protected by the reef but we need to work together to find solutions like planting mangroves because this will reduce the erosion.

"The high sea level has moved up four to six metres after 20 years.

"The soil gets washed away each year and it's getting dangerous by the day.

"Even the trees on the beachfront are slowly dying."