Mauritius—Enhancing Resilience to Climate Change

Client: French Development Agency

Duration: 2018-2020

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Country: Mauritius

Solutions: Environment

DAI worked with the Government of Mauritius to improve capacity and coordination across key institutions dealing with climate change, including the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, the Land Drainage Authority, and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Centre.

The team fostered the integration of climate change adaptation and risks in the government’s public policies and sectors such as coastal zone land planning, disaster risk management, and drainage.

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Sample Activities

  • Assess climate change vulnerability for five high-priority sites.
  • Draft preparatory studies and terms of reference for the Land Drainage Master Plan.
  • Provide technical assistance, training, and institutional development support to the Land Drainage Authority staff.
  • Formulate the national disaster risk reduction policy and action plan for mainland Mauritius and its outer islands.

Select Results

  • Held a workshop for 60 government officials to provide final comments before the validation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Policy, Strategic Framework, and Action Plan, all drafted by the DAI team. The documents will be revised for eventual adoption as official policy.
  • Produced a climate change and vulnerability assessment report including an atlas of marine submersion and inland flooding risks based on climate projections.
  • Organised national and local workshops and roundtables for more than 100 government and private sector participants to build their understanding of integrated flood risk management, best practices for integrated coastal management, and to contribute ideas towards a climate change resilience strategy.
  • Formulated a comprehensive integrated coastal zone resilience strategy based on the vulnerability assessment.
  • Carried out an initial gap analysis of disaster risk reduction institutions and mechanisms.
  • Set up the GIS database for the Land Drainage Authorities.
  • Assessed the functionality of current drainage infrastructure and designed a rehabilitation programme.
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