Cancun beach erosion. Photo source: ©© John M
The government of Quintana Roo has announced a program to rehabilitate and maintain the state’s beaches, which in some areas are losing between two and six meters of sand every year.
Ecology and Environment Secretary Alfredo Alejandro Guillermo said the investment would begin with restoring reefs and beach vegetation to combat erosion in Cozumel, Solidaridad, Tulum, Puerto Morelos and Benito Juárez. Two major beach destinations — Cancún and Playa del Carmen…
Rethinking Living Shorelines, By Orrin H. Pilkey, Rob Young, Norma Longo, and Andy Coburn;Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines / Western Carolina University, March 1, 2012, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
In response to the detrimental environmental impacts caused by traditional erosion control structures, environmental groups, state and federal resource management agencies, now advocate an approach known as “Living Shorelines”that embraces the use of natural habitat elements such as indigenous vegetation, to stabilize and protect eroding shorelines.