The Vetiver System for Coastal Protection
Introductory Photo Essay – Coastal protection VS_Coastal_Erosion_control.pdf (vetiver.org)
Introductory Photo Essay: Levee Bank and Sea Dyke Protection VS_Flood_lowland.pdf (vetiver.org)
Vetiver’s ability to tolerate high levels of salinity makes it a useful plant for coastal protection at the interface of land and sea shore. Often as in the case of Brazil (see picture below) there is brackish water table that the vetiver roots can tap and thrive.
When properly implemented and maintained, the Vetiver System is effective in stabilizing and protecting estuarine dikes from the adverse elements commonly experienced in coastal zone. Participation of local population is the key element to its success. This involves education, providing guidelines, instructions and support to the local people. Last, but not least, the enforcement of a firm regulatory program by the local authority
|Coral reef protection using VS. Don Miller of New Zealand has been working in Vanuatu (South Pacific island) for some years and demonstrates in this slide show how vetiver hedgerows can be used as an essential part of reforesting badly eroding landscapes to prevent sediment reaching the sea and destroying coastal coral reefs and fisheries. Don’s work can be replicated throughout most island ecologies where eroding sediment flows are effecting coastal habitats in the tropics