Mozambique: World Bank funds building work to stop coastal erosion in town of Vilanculos

22 April 2008

Vilanculos, Mozambique, 22 April – The authorities of the Vilanculos municipal area, in Inhambane district, southern Mozambique, are to launch a public tender in August for work to prevent coastal erosion.

The work valued at US$5 million is to funded by the World Bank and aims to improve conditions for tourism in Vilanculos.

Vilanculos, a town some 700 kilometers north of Maputo, is the closest port to the Bazaruto archipelago, one of the most sought-after tourist regions in Mozambique.

The mayor of Vilanculos, Suleimane Amugi, said that included in the work to slow coastal erosion there is also a project to build a coastal road.

“Vilanculos has seen great economic development because of tourism,” said Amugi, who noted that the population of the Mozambican town had risen from 19,000 in 1997 to 40,000 in 2007, which is a 100 percent increase over a decade.

The mayor, in an interview with Mozambican news agency AIM, also called for the town to be given the status of a city in order that it could benefit from more defined budgetary rules.(macauhub)