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Sandwatch

Empowering local communities to manage their beaches

Two villages on the west coast of Mauritius, Flic and Flac and Le Morne, have been chosen as pilot sites for a project led by the Centre for Documentation, Research and Training on the Southwest Indian Ocean (CEDREFI), who together with other partner organizations in Mauritius, are seeking to develop sustainable approaches that address issues relating to the beach environment with the active participation of the community. The emphasis will be to put together the joint knowledge and experiences drawn from natural sciences, social sciences, culture, communication and education on coastal issues. The project will cover the sustainable development of the coast, sustainable life style in the coastal zone, coastal zone management and the sustainable use of coastal resources. The duration of the project will be two years, starting in October 2006.

Utilising the Sandwatch approach, and participatory methods, the project seeks to:

  • Enhance the knowledge about beach management, climate change and related issues among residents of two coastal communities
  • Build capacity in beach management among community residents
  • Facilitate the communities in implementing three beach-based micro projects

Methods used will include the use of photographs so that community members can build a photo mural to identify the things they like and dislike about their beach environment; observing, recording and preparing sketch maps of the beach so as to identify issues and potential problems; identifying and training community drivers who can motivate the community as a whole.

More information is available in the project proposal. This project represents an attempt to adapt Sandwatch so as to use the community as an entry point to beach management and enhancement, in contrast to other islands where school-aged youth are the entry point; for more information on Sandwatch, see www.sandwatch.org.

 

To get involved, contact :

 
 

Mr. Pynee Chellapermal
Centre for Documentation, Research and Training on the South West Indian Ocean
P.O. BOX 91, Rose Hill, Republic of Mauritius
T +230 465 5036
F +230 465 1422
pynee@.mu.refer.org

 

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