Togo: launch of large-scale works to protect the coastline with Benin
Cross-border works to protect the Togo-Benin coast launched on Thursday, November 3, 2022 in Aného.
The large-scale cross-border works to protect the Togo-Benin coast were launched on Thursday, November 3, 2022 in Aného, at a ceremony presided by the Togolese Prime Minister, Victoire Tomégah-Dogbé. The ceremony was attended by the Representative of the Minister of Environment and Forestry Resources of Togo, Foli-Bazi Katari, that of his counterpart from Benin, José Tonato, and the Head of Operations of the World Bank in Togo, Fily Sissoko.
"The investment work that we are launching will enable communities to regain the ability to enjoy the resources that used to constitute their main source of income," said Fily Sissoko, Country Manager, World Bank.
Led by the Dutch company Boskalis BV, these efforts should reconcile the communities living along the coast with the sea, according to the Mayor of Commune Lacs 1, by protecting from erosion the portion of the coastline running from Agbodrafo in Togo to Grand Popo in Benin.
"The entire project will cost our two countries 63.48 million euros (including taxes), or 41.6 billion CFA francs, of which 12.49 billion for Togo and 29.14 billion for Benin," said Foli-Bazi Katari, Togolese Minister for the Environment.
According to the details recalled by Christian Esser, from the INROS-LACKNER control office, the work will include: the construction of 7 rock groynes, and the recharging with sand of the basins delimited by the groynes for the Agbodrafo area.
In Aného, the work will consist of the rehabilitation and extension of 10 of the six existing groins, built in 2021 as part of a coastal protection project financed by UEMOA. The project will also involve recharging with sand the basins delimited by the rehabilitated groins, the rehabilitation and extension of 200 m of the existing breakwater at Aného and the installation of a 700 m sea sand dyke to fight against marine submersion.
In Hillacondji, the construction of eight groins, the recharging of sand in the basins demolished by the groins, the filling in of the lagoon arms behind the coastal dune, and the construction of recreational and tourist infrastructures are planned.
In the case of Agoué in Benin, this involves massive sand recharging from the new groin in an easterly direction over a width of about 200 m and a length of about 4 km, for 6.4 million cubic metres.
The entire project is expected to take 19 months and will benefit 200,000 people living along the coastline.
As a reminder, the WACA ResIP program, financed by the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF), is deployed in six West African countries, Togo, Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, and Senegal.
Author: Ayi Renaud Dossavi