New Quarry Act on the Cards for Dominica

Quarry at Pointe Michel

Quarry at Pointe Michel

In an effort to tackle climate change in Dominica, we may have a new quarry act in the new year to address concerns which have been raised over quarrying activities on the Island.

According to the Environment Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, this is part of the Island’s participation in a pilot program for climate resilience.

The program is being funded by the World Bank and almost forty million dollars has been allocated towards climate resilience.

Dr. Darroux says they are hoping that in the first quarter of 2013 they can start drawing down on these funds for the much needed projects especially infrastructure, sea wall and stuff to protect our coastal development.

Seven areas have been identified that are being affected by climate change.

The Ministry has submitted projects to the World Bank and a team has visited the Island on two different missions this year.

The Minister had been visited by a few quarry operators who expressed their dissatisfaction with the manner in which the new legislation was done.

Mr. Darroux says he is sure that the new quarrying act would mean financial implications for them.

He says as a ministry they are in the process of taking suggestions from the World Bank into consideration.”

A climate resilience program will also be a main feature of the ministry in 2013.

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