Unprepared for climate change: Mauritius needs to go beyond treating the symptoms of environmental degradation

Climate change is no longer a far away potential threat but a reality for many countries, particularly for islands like Mauritius. Observed climatic changes and their impacts on the island include a rise in average air temperature by  0.74 – 1.2 °C, sea level rising by more than 2.1 mm/year resulting in salinisation of agricultural land in some regions  and an increase in the frequency … Continue reading Unprepared for climate change: Mauritius needs to go beyond treating the symptoms of environmental degradation

Politics matter: The undoing of conservation progress in the land of the dodo

The island of Mauritius is known, particularly in the conservation circle, for the ill-fated dodo and its conservation success stories, which include the recovery of iconic avian species such as the Mauritius kestrel (Falco punctatus) and the Pink pigeon (Nesoenas mayeri) which were near extinction several decades ago. However, behind this veil of achievements, local political realities is increasingly making the protection and management of … Continue reading Politics matter: The undoing of conservation progress in the land of the dodo