Rehabilitation of 8 hectares of the SEMPA Watershed as a Means of Alternative Livelihood for Fishers
Rehabilitation of 8 hectares of the SEMPA Watershed as a Means of Alternative Livelihood for Fishers
The implementation of the South East Marine Protected Area (SEMPA) in the south of Rodrigues Island is a joint UNDP-GEF and RRA project and has as main aim to improve the marine habitat by promoting marine conservation through the setting up of restricted fishing zones. As such, the total area where the fishers used to venture at sea was reduced. In addition, fishers in the vicinity have been fully sensitized and are aware about the pertinence of such conservation project. Up to date, the marine part of the SEMPA has been put in place while the in-land watershed has remained mostly unmanaged.
This project is aiming at the restoration of 8 hectares of the SEMPA watershed through regeneration of an endemic/ native forest with a target of extending the project over 15 hectares after successful implementation. The Var Brulé watershed area has been identified to host the project. The area has a sloppy topography which presents a direct threat to erosion problem affecting the SEMPA marine ecosystem especially during and after heavy rainfall. The project site also contains Accacia Nilotica trees, which is an invasive alien plant to the region and to the island in general. Presence of those Acacia trees also limits access to fodder for many breeders in the locality. The actual project aims at removing the invasive plants and replacing with other endemic and needful plants in order to restore the watershed while providing income generating activities to local communities.
The present project is in line with the Country Programme Strategy 2015-2018 of the GEF-Small Grants programme which stipulates that careless coastal developments lead to reduction and degradation of natural habitats, and cause land degradation, while undermining ecosystem functionality and resilience, especially in sensitive lagoon areas. The same document highlights the need for conserving and sustainably managing land across the Rivière Coco-SEMPA-Mourouk landscape.
A primary strategy shall be biodiversity rehabilitation whereby the endemic/native ecosystem shall be reinstated as far as possible. Added to that, the area shall accommodate the Rodrigues Landrace Lime trees. Those trees shall help the group to have an economic gain in the long run, as Rodrigues Lime is a commodity that generates interesting income.
In order to maximize their operating capacity, the Association des Pêcheurs de Mourouk (APM) is also aiming through this project to strengthen their existing eco-based tourism activity which consists of operating transparent canoe-kayaks through the SEMPA . The group is therefore targeting at procuring a motored boat that shall both be used for increasing assistance to visitors purchasing the kayaks ride and also for taking clients to the nearby islets for tourism activities, thereby increasing income generation.
As such, the APM is targeting to be more equipped so that they can become economically viable in the long run whereby each member can have a better earning from the activities which shall reduce their fishing activities at sea which are often destructive to the marine ecosystem.
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Project Snapshot

Association des Pecheurs de Mourouk
Area Of Work:
Land Degradation
Grant Amount:
US$ 50,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 13,128.85
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 25,402.12
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed

Grantee Contact

Mr System Administrator


Rodrigues Island , Rodrigues ,

SGP Country office contact

Mrs. Pamela Bapoo-Dundoo
(230) 213 53 84
(230) 212 14 11


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