Integrated Coastal Zone Management Division

The Integrated 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.

 

 Since 2000 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.

 

 An ICZM 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.

 

 In 2012, 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 Committee.

 

 The 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. ​

 
 
Contact:
Integrated Coastal Zone Management Division  
DEO : Mr R Seenauth             
Tel: 203 6200 (Ext 298) / 213 1137
Fax: 211 3719
Email: rseenauth@govmu.org