Jamaica interested in Sand Motor

Published: 23 September 2014

Jamaica has indicated that it is interested in the Sand Motor. The beach near the holiday resort of Negril is being affected by erosion. The government has proposed a ‘hard solution’ to tackle the erosion: two large breakwaters measuring 800-1000 metres. But the resort and the local community are in favour of a natural solution. They recently asked Arjen Luijendijk of Deltares and two other post-doctorate researchers from the Nature Coast research programme to come to Jamaica.

The team of three talked to hotel owners, the press, the local inhabitants and the lifeguard service about the Dutch sand replenishment strategy and the Sand Motor. The discussion covered questions about how long the distribution of the sand continues, the costs of the Sand Motor and how you can convince the government to opt for a natural solution. Arjen Luijendijk went on Jamaican television to explain.

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