Human habitation of this elongated sand dune
peninsula, 98 km long and 0.4-4 km wide, dates back to prehistoric
times. Throughout this period it has been threatened by the natural
forces of wind and waves. Its survival to the present day has been made
possible only as a result of ceaseless human efforts to combat the
erosion of the Spit, dramatically illustrated by continuing
stabilisation and reforestation projects.