Mauritius’ adaptation strategy

Mauritius’ National Climate Change Adaptation Policy Framework (NCCAPF) highlights the importance of adaptation: half the islands’ beaches may disappear by mid-century.

Not only will this be devastating for coastal ecosystems, it will also have drastic consequences for the people of the island, which relies heavily on tourism for its economy. The islanders are also likely to face a 13% reduction in their water resources by 2050 (rainfall has decreased by 8% since the 1950s). Like other places, they will also face increasingly frequent and fiercer storms and extreme weather events, including cyclones.

The department responsible for environment has sets its sights on making the island a world model of sustainable development, including targets like 35% renewable energy by 2025. Six stakeholder working groups, including representatives from local authorities, are working to come up with a shared vision and pathways to it, on the themes of energy, environment, education, employment, and equity. Mauritius is also one of 20 countries participating in the Africa Adaptation Programme, to build adaptation into its institutional framework and core development strategies.