UNDP Article, November 27, 2018
To protect billion-dollar tourism industry, Mauritius and Seychelles to restore their coral reefs with new US$10 million grant from Adaptation Fund
Innovative UNDP-supported climate change adaptation project will restore reefs, protect food security and promote disaster risk reduction through ecosystem-based approach
The Governments of Mauritius and Seychelles, two small island developing states off the coast of Africa, have accessed a new US$10 million grant from the Adaptation Fund to restore their reef ecosystems.
The new six-year project, supported through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will focus on coral reef restoration which eventually will contribute to protect the island nation’s growing tourism industries – which account for over 30 percent of national GDP and employ approximately half the population in both countries – at the same time ensuring food security for fishers who depend on the reefs to feed their families, and reducing risks from high-intensity storms.