Implementing Agency and Partnering Organizations:UNDP, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Government of Mauritius
As a Small Island Developing State, the Republic of Mauritius is particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, especially in its coastal zones, where a convergence of accelerating sea level rise and increasing frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones results in considerable economic loss, humanitarian stresses, and environmental degradation.
Adaptation requires in situ changes in behaviour and site management, and appropriate technical interventions, as well as early warning systems to enable communities to move away from areas where the risk of storm surge and flooding is imminent. As coral reefs lose the race with sea level rise, the critical ecosystem function of wave attenuation must be replaced in some manner. Equally important is the need for a monitoring system that tracks the correlation between key ecosystem functions and weather events to continue to inform and fine-tune the design of appropriate interventions.
The programme will implement appropriate coastal protection measures and deliver improvements in the resilience of communities in three coastal zones of the island of Mauritius: Mon Choisy, Riviere des Galets and QuatreSoeurs. The overall approach is to work from the level of technical solutions at specific coastal sites to the policy and regulatory level, such that future replication of coastal adaptation measures will be catalysed, supported by new policies, guidelines, and economic incentives. Coastal communities will be increasingly climate resilient and able to protect livelihoods that are tied directly to the integrity of the coastal zone on the island of Mauritius.
Objective: Increase climate resilience of communities and livelihoods in coastal areas in Mauritius (all islands)
- Provide direct benefits to up to 3,150 people whose jobs, houses, and families are currently threatened by coastal erosion, storm surges, and tidal flooding.
Outcome 1: Current climate change risks at three coastal sites resolved through the design and application of coastal protection measures, using proven technologies (addressing beach erosion and flood risk from storm surges)
- By 2014, current climate change risks at three coastal sites (Mon Choisy, Riviere des Galets, QuatreSoeurs) resolved through design and application of coastal protection measures, using proven technologies (addressing beach erosion and flood risk from storm surges).
- Coastal degradation and vulnerabilities at each of the three sites arrested, meaning: no further erosion at Mon Choisy (beach accretion of 2 metres over 3 years); no surge flooding and no further shore erosion at Riviere des Galets; and, no flooding of coastal public buildings at QuatreSoeurs.
- The target for numbers of beneficiaries is as follows: Mon Choisy: 1,500-2000 people; Riviere des Galets: 100-150 –people; QuatreSoeurs: 1000 people.
Outcome 2: Early warning on incoming storm communicated to coastal communities, indicating the time of incidence and height of storm surges, through the design and activation of an early warning system
- By 2012, more than 3,400 people in current surge zones are able to safely evacuate prior to future storm surge events (there are no people left in the surge zone when the surge hits).
Outcome 3: Increase capacity of public agencies, private sector entities, NGOs and CBOs, and individuals to develop infrastructure and conduct livelihoods in the coastal zone with minimal risk of loss due to future climate change effects.
- By 2015, increased capacity of public agencies, private sector entities, and individuals to develop infrastructure and conduct livelihoods in the coastal zone of ROM with minimal risk of loss due to future climate change effects.
Outcome 4: Clear and practical alignment of Mauritanian policy strategies, plans and regulations with the most appropriate best practices for adaptation in the coastal zone, taking into account the expected risks to coastal processes and infrastructure in ROM over the next 50 years.
- By 2015, clear and practical alignment of Mauritian policy, strategies, plans, and regulations with the most appropriate best practices for adaptation in the coastal zone, taking into account the expected risks to coastal processes and infrastructure in ROM over the next 20 years.
Outcome 5: Effective capturing and dissemination of lessons from the applied activities in the programme
- By 2015, effective capturing and dissemination of lessons from the applied activities in the programme.
UNDP Regional Technical Advisor
- Jessica Troni
- Tel.: + 27 12 354 8056
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Project Status:Start of the project: February 2012
Primary Beneficiaries:Mauritian communities in coastal zones with tourism-based livelihoods, specifically in three coastal zones of the island of Mauritius: Mon Choisy, Riviere des Galets and Quatre Soeurs
National adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) provide a process for Least Developed Countries (LDCs) to identify priority activities that respond to their urgent and immediate needs to adapt to climate change – those for which further delay would increase vulnerability and/or costs at a later stage. The following summarizes the NAPA for Samoa. The objective of the proposed NAPA project for Samoa is to develop a country-wide programme of immediate and urgent project-based adaptation activities that address the current and anticipated adverse effects of climate change, including extreme events.
Activity 1.1: Achieving High Level Stakeholder Support for the NAPA Process Activity 1.2: Awareness Raising and Consultation Amongst Stakeholders Activity 1.3: Establish Institutional and Management Arrangements Activity 1.4: Establishment and Participation of Multidisciplinary Working Groups Activity 1.5: Capacity Building Activity 1.6: LDC Cooperation and Coordination Activity 1.7: Monitoring, Review, Evaluation, and Reporting Activity 2.1: Review and Strengthening of Vulnerability and Adaptation Methodologies Activity 2.2: Development of Methods and Criteria to Identify and Prioritize Urgent and Immediate Adaptation Activities
* Project Steering Committee. * Informal broad network across government agencies at Department Head level. * At least two ministerial level briefings * NAPA endorsed by Government * Awareness raising materials in Samoan and English languages * Media campaign * Documentation on key stakeholders and relevant initiatives that complement the NAPA process * Briefings for, and consultation with, key stakeholders * Guidance and feedback from key stakeholders * Information shared with related initiatives and ongoing linkages established
GEF operational focal point: Mr. Mose Pouvi Sua Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs Climate change focal point: Ms. Violet Wulf Department of Lands Surveys and Environment