GIS - Dec 17, 2012: A two-day workshop for the dissemination of the findings of research projects relating to climate change adaptation kicked off this morning at the headquarters of the Mauritius Research Council (MRC) in Ebène.
Some 11 research projects, funded under the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP), will be presented during the two days. These projects focus mainly on climate change adaptation issues and coal ash management. They will contribute in providing guidance for the elaboration, strengthening and implementation of policies and strategies required to adapt to climate change
Mauritius, through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), signed the Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) document in December 2009. The main objective of the programme is to integrate and mainstream climate change adaptation into the institutional framework and into core development policies, strategies and plans for the Republic of Mauritius. The AAP’s range of facilities span strong institutional structure, capacity to understand climate data and economic analyses of climate change as well as on-the-ground adaptation interventions based upon these analyses which can be scaled up into large-scale adaptation policies.
The programme was funded by the Government of Japan to the tune of Rs 90m and the completion date is December 2012. The Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development (MoESD) was given the responsibility to manage the funds at Government level. A proportion of the grant has been earmarked for funding research projects in the field of climate change adaptation in Mauritius. The MoESD thus solicited the MRC to manage a proportion of this grant to fund 11 research projects in the field of climate change adaptation.
Researchers from both public and private institutions have participated in the research. The participating institutions comprise the University of Mauritius, the University of Technology Mauritius, MRC, the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation, Ecological Living In Action Ltd and Scinova Consulting Ltd.