The government is to give the go ahead for new beaches to be made on Guiana Island despite major environmental concerns on the removal of mangroves required to build the beaches.
The environment division has warned current laws prevent the Chinese investors – YIDA International – from carrying out beach construction plans but Prime Minister Gaston Browne says the government will override these restrictions where necessary.
Browne says YIDA will begin building two hotels on Guiana Island this year.
The environment division has expressed deep concerns on the impact of YIDA’s plans and deemed the Environmental Impact Assessment it carried out unsatisfactory.
The government has not demanded a new EIA but Browne says the environment division will be consulted when it overrides legal restrictions on the project taking place in the national marine park.
Meanwhile Browne has been called on to reveal what other factories YIDA plans for the area after information was leaked on the planned gun factory.
He gave a limited disclosure on the plans.
YIDA International promises a US two billion dollar investment.
In its review of the Environmental Impact Assessment, the Department of Environment stated the following in relation to planned beach construction:
“The DoE concurs with the (EIA) report that the creation of beaches is neither sustainable nor practical and will prove to be very costly. The report also suggests that some beaches identified for alteration are Hawksbill turtle nesting sites. A comprehensive coastal environmental impact and engineering studies will be necessary to guide recommendations on what type of beach interventions should be approved. The report rightiy notes that deep water is relatively close to the shore thereby increasing the potential for increased waves and higher energy, which further justifies the need for maintaining and enhancing existing shoreline protection and development, set back. Moreover, proposed beaches for lower wave energy areas will be difficult to sustain sand given tidal flow patterns.”