On 20 January 2016, the Honourable Jayeshwur Raj Dayal, the Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development, Disaster and Beach Management of Mauritius, signs a Memorandum of Understanding with Stichting Deltares and UNESCO-IHE for the development of an early warning system for storm surge.
Aim of the agreement
The aim of the minister’s visit was to sign an MoU between the Ministry, Deltares and UNESCO-IHE setting out agreements about further cooperation in the future relating to climate adaptation in Mauritius. This MoU emerged after the successful completion of a project to build an Early Warning System for Mauritius. The system was delivered in the summer of 2015 by Deltares providing Mauritius, as the first ‘Small Island Developing State (SIDS)’ in the Indian Ocean, with its own flood warning system so that they will be better prepared for extreme high water as a result of, for example, cyclones.
The areas of cooperation include:
- consultations and exchange of expertise in the fields of research and training;
- provision of services and support to update/extend the warning system and ensure its operation and
- training and capacity building in the field of disaster risk reduction management, coastal engineering and adaptation to climate change.