Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) Division was established in 2000 for the
sustainable management of the coastal zone and its resources. Through its work,
the Division aims to maintain a high quality coastal environment and
conserve coastal and marine biodiversity. Its main activities are focused on
the coordination with relevant Organisations on coastal zone management issues,
monitoring of coastal erosion, and coastal protection works among others.
to date, this Division commissioned a “Study on Coastal Erosion in Mauritius’
in 2002. Following the recommendations made, the Ministry carried out the
protection and rehabilitation works at several eroded public beaches around
Mauritius. Coastal protection and rehabilitation works comprising ‘hard’,
‘semi-hard’ and ‘soft’ measures such as rock revetment, gravel nourishment, use
of geobags, and sand nourishment have been completed at several critical sites,
namely Flic enFlac, Blue Bay, Belle Mare, Palmar, Grand Baie, Poudre d’Or, Cap
Malheureuxcemetry, Quatre Soeurs, GRSE, Bain Boeuf, Baie du Cap, La Prairie, Le
Morne, Roches Noires,Troud’EauDouce,Grand Sable, Bois des Amourettes,Riviere
des Creoles, Pomponnette, Grand Port, Trou aux Bichesand St Felixamong others.
Committee comprising of Ministries, parastatal bodies, NGOS and Private sector
was established in 2002 under the Environment Protection Act (2002). The
Committee meets regularly and coordinates activities within the coastal zone.
In 2010, an
ICZM Framework was developed including ICZM Action and Area Plans, ICZM
Strategy, ICZM legislative and Policy Framework amongst others. Sub Committees
were set up under the ICZM Committee for effective follow up.
the Government of Mauritius received technical Assistance from the Japan
International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for a 3-year project on ‘Capacity
Development on coastal protection and rehabilitation in the Republic of
Mauritius. Two demonstration projects were carried out namely at Grand Sable
through the undertaking of gravel beach nourishment (flexible revetment) to
protect the shore against wave overtopping and at Pointe d’Esny to look into effectiveness
of soft measures such as policies and setbacks. Fourteen Coastal Conservation
Plans have been developed, along with, a beach management plan and guidelines.
Implementation of measures proposed are being followed up by an ICZM Sub
Division also coordinates activities relating to environmental disasters in the
coastal zone namely tsunami and oil spills. In this regard, it has developed a
National Oil Spill Contingency Plan and a Coastal Sensitivity Atlas for Oil
Spill Response in 2003. The document is presently under review taking into
consideration new development in the coastal zones and the shipping industry.