The Japan International Cooperation (JICA) announced that it will provide technical assistance to conserve and restore the coastal ecosystem of Mauritius for the 'Project for the development of Integrated Coastal Ecosystem Management System' and the 'Project for the improvement of livelihood of coastal communities through sustainable development of Blue Economy.'
While Mauritius has a rich coastal ecosystem, global warming has raised water temperatures and excessive harvesting of fish and shellfish has damaged the ecosystem. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic and an oil spill which occurred in July of 2020 have affected the tourism and fishing industries. Therefore, JICA will promote the 'Blue Economy' initiative to formulate fishery management plans and enhance the capacity of fishermen to develop Mauritius’s economy. Additionally, JICA will help establish ecosystem monitoring systems, as well as formulate and implement plans to conserve and restore the coastal ecosystem.