GIS – 25 September 2014: An inception workshop on Coastal Adaptation Measures at Mon Choisy and Rivière des Galets in the context of the Climate Change Adaptation Programme in the Coastal Zone of Mauritius opened this morning in Port Louis, in the presence of the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr. Devanand Virahsawmy.
Mauritius has secured a grant from the Adaptation Fund for the implementation of the project Climate Change Adaptation Programme in the Coastal Zone of Mauritius over six years. This fund is targeted to assist developing-country parties to the Kyoto protocol that are particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change in meeting the costs of concrete adaptation projects.
The objective of the programme is to increase climate resilience of communities and livelihoods in coastal areas in Mauritius, through the following programme components, namely: measures to protect currently vulnerable coastal ecosystem and community features at Mon Choisy and Rivière des Galets; development and implementation of an early warning system for incoming surge on Mauritius; training and capacity-building; policy mainstreaming; and, knowledge dissemination and management.
The contract for consulting services for the Coastal Adaptation Measures at Mon Choisy and Rivière des Galets has been awarded to Indufor Oy in consortium with eCoast and C.L.A.M.S Ltd and the consultants are already working on the two specific sites since last week.
In his address, Minister Virahsawmy stated that as a Small Island Developing State, Mauritius is particularly vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change, especially along the coast, where accelerating sea level rise and increasing frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones will likely result in considerable economic loss and environmental degradation.
In response to these vulnerabilities, he said, this project will help coastal communities of Mon Choisy and Rivière des Galets fight the adverse effects of climate change through the implementation of climate-resilient development measures. This programme aims to ensure that all policies, strategies, plans, and regulations are consistent in recognising climate change impacts in the coastal zone over the next 50 years, he added.
Minister Virahsawmy, underlined that the Government has adopted a proactive approach with regard to building resilience to climate change. He recalled that Mon Choisy is exposed to incoming waves and swell due to lack of protective natural structures and chronic beach erosion has been observed there.
Rivière des Galets, he stated, is highly at risk and vulnerable to the effects of climate change and some 300 people are at the risk of flooding from storm surges. Government, he added, has already undertaken measures such as constructions of gabion structures and seawalls.
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