Caribbean Island Curacao is changing into desert

Curacao, desert, rainwater, water infrastructure, climate change

The strategy of Curacao is still to discharge the rainwater directly to the ocean as soon as possible. The result: desertification!

The Caribbean Island Curacao is changing into a desert. That’s emergency call is done by Don Martina, former president of the island. 

Don Martina, was invited in the Parliament to talk about the collection and reuse of rainwater.

Dams

According to Martina, groundwater has dropped tremendously. The reason for this is that since the seventies, no dams are built. There are also no other infrastructural adjustments made to collect the rainwater. Martina urged the Government to give this issue priority.

Discharge rainwater

The strategy of Curacao is still to discharge the rainwater directly to the ocean as soon as possible. This while the country is drying out. Because the groundwater is not replenished by rainwater, the salty sea water is getting more space to penetrate into the earth. With disastrous consequences for flora, fauna and humans. Plants disappear and animals don’t have food.

Martina had a whole list of wells that have been muted over the years. Also, 104 dams has been gone, because of the lack of maintenance.

Fertile soil

Don Martina criticized the way the government is haphazardly building on fertile soils. Only 3 percent of the land on the island of Curacao is fertile. In fertile areas, farming should be encouraged. The Government asked Martina to present a list of actions which will solve the water problems the Island is facing.

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