GIS - 20 November, 2013: The second Technical Transfer seminar in the context of the landslide management project in Mauritius opened this morning at Sugar Beach Resort Hotel Wolmar, in Flic en Flac. The objective is to enhance and reinforce local institutional competencies in the field of landslide management.
Organised as a joint initiative of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping and Japan International Corperation Agency (JICA), the seminar is bringing together some 65 participants.
Participants are monitoring results for three sites identified as landslide hazard areas (Quatre Soeurs, Chitrakoot and Vallée Pitot). Other topics being covered include: Geographical interpretation; Review and recommendation for the Disaster Scheme and for the Planning Policy Guidance; Training in Japan; Structural countermeasures; Early warning and evacuation; Pilot Project evaluation; Organisational reinforcement plan; Information, Education Communication Consensus Building; and, Activity plan.
This seminar is the second of a series of three planned in the context of the landslide management project in Mauritius. The first one was held in October 2012 and the third one will be organised next year.
In his address at the opening ceremony, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping, (Public Infrastructure Division), Mr V. Luchmeeparsad, said that in the face of worldwide climatic change and environmental phenomena caused by climatic change and other natural disasters we are faced today with unprecedented challenges in our settlement planning and land-use patterns.
The Permanent Secretary cited India and the Philippines as countries which have recently experienced shocking death tolls and massive infrastructure damage due to flash-floods and landslides. Mauritius is no exception to this rule of nature, he observed recalling the March 2013 floods which had claimed lives of our citizens. ‘Government is sparing no effort to ensure that our people are safeguarded against such calamities and that our level of preparedness is not questioned,’ he stressed.
It is recalled that the landslide management project has identified Quatre Soeurs, Chitrakoot and Vallée Pitot as landslide hazard areas after investigating 37 landslide-prone sites in Mauritius. The project team has carried out field surveys and collected monitoring data from these areas since August 2012.
A landslide monitoring system
Government has foreseen the seriousness of the problem of landslide in Mauritius and also recognised that the country does not have the required competencies locally in terms of geotechnical engineers and geologists. In 2005 an agreement of technical cooperation was signed between the Japanese and Mauritian Governments for JICA to provide technical assistance in matters of landslide. Since 2007, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping has been entrusted the responsibility of landslide management.
Through the assistance obtained from JICA, the Ministry is now in a position to establish a landslide monitoring system by developing a landslide countermeasure plan and activity plan at the Landslide Management Unit.
The project aims at establishing a landslide monitoring system by developing a landslide countermeasure plan and activity plans for the Repair and Rehabilitation Unit and Landslide Management Unit.
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