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Informed decision-making for Climate Change adaptation Activities and lessons learned in Mauritius. Africa Adaptation Programme Republic of Mauritius. 15 November 2012. AAP Country Conference “Celebrating our successes”. Outline. Context / AAP Mauritius framework and strategy

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Africa adaptation programme republic of mauritius

Informed decision-making for Climate Change adaptation

Activities and lessons learned in Mauritius

Africa Adaptation Programme

Republic of Mauritius

15 November 2012

AAP Country Conference “Celebrating our successes”


  • Context / AAP Mauritius framework and strategy

  • How AAP Mauritius has made possible generation and use of robust data and information to enhance decision-making?

  • Future programming

    • Challenges

    • Opportunities

Observed and projected climate change impacts in mauritius
Observed and projected Climate Change impacts in Mauritius

Being a SIDS Mauritius is extremely vulnerable to Climate Change:

  • Observed impacts

    • Rise of temperature

    • Decrease of annual rainfall

    • Sea level rise

    • Significant beach erosion and beach loss

    • Coral bleaching

  • Projected Impacts

    • Agriculture

    • Lagoon/corals/beaches and tourism

    • Climate-related disasters

    • Water scarcity

Aap mauritius intervention logic
AAP Mauritius intervention logic

  • Objective of AAP Mauritius

    • Mainstream climate change considerations in key sector developmental plans, policies and institutional frameworks

  • Project Outputs

    • Introduction of long-term planning tools,

    • Strengthening of leadership capacities and institutional frameworks,

    • Implementation of climate-resilient policies and measures,

    • Devising financing options,

    • Generation of knowledge as well as sharing of findings at all levels.

  • Capacity Building Activities

  • Policy Review and Action Plan Formulation

  • Research and Dissemination

  • Sharing of Climate Data and Information

  • Demonstration Projects

Strategy for enhanced decision making
Strategy for enhanced decision-making

1) Need assessment – with stakeholders’ inputs

2) Data generation / gathering – with stakeholders’ inputs

3) Data analysis / compiling

4) Production of report including recommendations / strategy and action plan – with stakeholders’ inputs

5) Validation workshop with stakeholders

6) Capacity-building workshop for stakeholders

7) Advocacy targeting decision-makers

Disaster risk reduction data generation and sharing
Disaster Risk Reduction: Data generation and sharing

  • Data procured from Mauritius Meteo Services and compiled

  • Vulnerability assessment based on SLR scenarios and mapping for inundation, flooding and landslide risks

  • Printing and distribution of maps to national authorities, especially at local level

Sectoral analysis for key sectors data generation and sharing
Sectoral analysis for key sectors:Data generation and sharing

  • 4 key sectors of the economy: Agriculture, Fisheries, Tourism, Water

  • Compilation of existing scientific data, socio-economic surveys, gaps in institutional framework identified

Data servers data generation and sharing
Data servers:Data generation and sharing

  • University of Mauritius equipped

    with Data Server and training in

    Climate modeling organized

  • Climate Change information center based at Min of Environment for data sharing between institution and for the general public

  • Agricultural Decision Support System: Server and training to analyze the results + data shared with CC information center

Support to research data generation and analysis
Support to research:Data generation and analysis

  • Funding of 12 Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation research projects linked with:

    • Water resource

    • Agriculture and fisheries

    • Endemic biodiversity

    • Coastal management

    • Energy

    • Coal and bagasse ashes reuse

Demo projects evidence based on demonstration
Demo projects:Evidence based on demonstration

  • Coral farming, sea censors, endemic garden, salinity meters and mangrove plantation

  • Advocacy through success stories: evidence-based decisions

Climate change policy framework data compilation and sharing
Climate Change policy framework:Data compilation and sharing

  • Compiling others AAP reports/results/studies for harmonization and delivering of inclusive message to high-level policy-makers

  • Including recommendation and investment plan

Outputs achieved thanks to informed generation and sharing
Outputs achieved thanks to informed generation and sharing

  • Climate Change Bill prepared (for 2013)

  • Updated guidelines for Environmental Impact Assessment

  • Updated guidelines for Integrated Coastal Zone Management

  • … would not have been possible without prior data generation and sharing to support them for decision makers

Climate change knowledge fair information sharing
Climate Change knowledge fair:Information sharing

  • Gathering of all stakeholders to

    demonstrate achievements and share

    successes at a national level

  • Networking

  • Awareness raising

  • Side events


  • Indicators of success:

    • Stakeholders are aware that the data exist

    • Stakeholders know where to access the data

    • Ownership to be monitored in the long-term

  • Evaluation and future programming

    • Final evaluation to highlight successes and remaining gaps, especially in terms of ownership

    • Results to be monitored / strengthen in next phase

Opportunities and challenges for future programming
Opportunities and challenges for future programming

  • Data ownership has to be addressed and negotiated country by country

  • Build capacities in institutions producing knowledge and receiving it, not only decision-makers but also technicians

  • Precisely target the audience: “decision-makers” is too broad - Data generation and making the data understandable and convincing for decision-makers from public and private sector, different levels, different technical backgrounds

  • Information/robust data vs. level of uncertainty of CC impacts No regret scenario as a basis for pragmatic and efficient advocacy?

  • At the end of the day the decision is political: question of risk acceptability, short vs. long-term, political agenda: importance of raising public awareness for pressure on policy-makers