The Project Goal is to contribute to integrating biodiversity and ecosystem management into physical development planning and tourism sector activities to safeguard biodiversity and maintain ecosystem services that sustain human wellbeing.
The objective of the project is to mainstream the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services into coastal zone management and into the operations and policies of the tourism and physical development sectors in the Republic of Mauritius through a land- and seascape wide integrated management approach based on the Environmental Sensitive Areas (ESAs) inventory and assessment.
This project entails the collaboration of several ministries, Institutions and Non Governmental Organisation and the activities of the project are grouped under three components as follows:
Component 1. Mainstreaming of biodiversity into local level physical development planning and tourism management
Outcome 1. Threats to biodiversity and ecosystem function are addressed by ensuring the marine and coastal ESAs are an integral part of planning and implementation mechanisms relating to coastal development and the tourism sector
Component 2. Strengthening MPA Management
Outcome 2. Threats to marine and coastal biodiversity are mitigated and fishery resources protected in at least 20,000 ha of seascapes through the improved management of MPAs and no-take zones
Component 3. Erosion control and ecosystem services restoration in sensitive areas
Outcome 3. Erosion control and ecosystem services restoration: erosion and soil loss are reduced in 200 ha of erosion-prone water sheds; and ecosystem services are restored in 100 ha of coastal wetlands
Follow up mechanisms
The project will be implemented over a period of five years (60 months). The Ministry of Ocean Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping is responsible for the implementation of the project and will act as the Implementing Partner (IP). UNDP is the Implementing Agency.
The Implementing Partner will take overall responsibility for the project implementation, and the timely and verifiable attainment of project objectives and outcomes. It will provide support to, and inputs for, the implementation of all project activities. A Project Steering Committee (PSC) will be convened by the Implementing Partner to provide expert and technical guidance to implementation of the project. The PSCs role will include: (i) overseeing project implementation; (ii) approving all project work plans and budgets, at the proposal of the Project Manager (PM), for submission to the UNDP Regional Centre; (iii) approving any major changes in project plans or programs; (iv) providing technical input and advice; (v) approving major project deliverables; (vi) ensuring commitment of resources to support project implementation; (vii) arbitrating any conflicts within the project and/or negotiating solutions between the project and any parties beyond the scope of the project; and (ix) overall project evaluation.
The principle components of the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan will include: (1) establishing monitoring responsibilities and events, (2) project reporting and (3) independent evaluations. The project's Monitoring and Evaluation Plan will be presented and finalized at the Project's Inception Phase following a collective fine-tuning of indicators, means of verification, and the full definition of project staff Monitoring and Evaluation responsibilities.
Information necessary for marine and coastal biodiversity mainstreaming is made available and capacity for knowledge management is developed by making the ESA study and other relevant biodiversity information available 1.2 ESAs are mainstreamed into physical development and ICZM planning processes, through the provision of guidance and support to ongoing activities and by demonstrating appropriate approaches through implementation of ICZM plans for Rodrigues and one District on Mauritius 1.3 Standards and a certification system developed for the tourism sector that facilitates the mainstreaming of the management of marine and coastal biodiversity into their operations
Management effectiveness of the MPA network is improved through management planning where required, and through the introduction of operations and business planning, and improved surveillance and enforcement. 2.2 An investment framework for MPAs is developed and contributes to improved financial sustainability of the MPA sub-system
Sustainable land management (SLM) techniques are applied to control erosion and water course sedimentation in the SEMPA watershed, with a focus on Rivire-Coco 3.2 Essential ecosystem services are restored in coastal wetlands (e.g. water filtration, storage and flood control services, habitat and recreation)