Climate Change Eroding Togo's Coast, Harming Fishing
Dozens of villages along the Togolese coasts are endangered because coastal erosion is swallowing 5 to 10 meters of the coastline annually.
In Kpeme town about 30 kilometers from the capital Lome, the phenomenon is very advanced. Roads,schools,houses, nothing can resist the fury of the ocean.
According to experts, this is one of the direct consequences of global warming.
Environmentalist, Fabrice Kodjo said “For many years, climate change has taken toll worldwide. These climate change impacts including several flash floods and the rise and fall of the sea level. We now know that it also causes coastal erosion, and several other natural disasters.”
Despite the abundance of fish in these waters, fishermen who have been living in the region for generations, know that their good days are numbered. They feel powerless against the advancing coastline.