Brief on the UNDP/GEF funded project “Mainstreaming Biodiversity in the Management of the Coastal Zone in the Republic of Mauritius
The Project Goal is to contribute to the integration of biodiversity and ecosystem management into physical development planning and tourism sector activities to safeguard biodiversity and maintain ecosystem services that sustain human wellbeing. The project duration is five years.
The budget allocation for implementing this project is USD 4,664,521 (Grant from Global Environment Facility (GEF)).
The Implementing Agency is the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the implementing partner is the Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping with the collaboration of the Mauritius Oceanographic Institute, Rodrigues Regional Assembly and national entities in charge of environment, fisheries, tourism, agriculture and physical development.
Deliverables of the project for Mauritius and Rodrigues:
· Improve skills and competencies of staff responsible for Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) by providing training on all aspects of management of MPA
· Economic evaluations of coastal and marine ecosystems.
· Implementing the management plan of the Blue Bay, Balaclava Marine Parks and SEMPA
· Producing management plans through a consultative process for the 6 Fishing Reserves of Mauritius
· Improve the management effectiveness and of MPAs on Mauritius and Rodrigues and also to acquire equipment for transport,contributing for the purchase of surveillance equipment.
· Development of an investment framework and financing strategy to realise the values and benefits of MPAs, and increase the financing flows to MPAs. This measure will assist in making MPA’s financially self-sustainable
· A potential increase in the size and effectiveness of the Marine Protected Area
· Develop livelihood opportunities for local communities in Mauritius and Rodrigues to reduce pressure on lagoon resources and demonstrate the benefits of MPAs
· Provision of an online platform and knowledge management system on all marine and coastal biodiversity in Mauritius and Rodrigues.
· Development and implementation of ICZM plans for Rodrigues and Black River with a view to conserve all coastal ESA’s.
· Capacity building and training for spatial planning, stakeholder negotiation, and other skills required for effective ICZM planning
· Development of guidelines for ensuring that marine and coastal biodiversity is addressed through the Standard for Sustainable Tourism.
· Training and capacity building of Tourism Authority staff, private operators and consultants and auditors who will both use and operate the standard and other eco-labelling schemes
· Developing the legal framework for wetlands protection in Mauritius
· Developing and implementing the management plan for Pointe D’Esny Ramsar Site of International Importance.
This project will be holding its inception workshop at Ravenala Attitude, Balaclava on the 13-14 July 2017 to inform all the relevant stakeholders including the private sector and NGO’s on its implication, to buy in their support and to fine tune all its activities and indicator.
The annual work plan will be discussed and endorsed by participants during the inception workshop.