Wet and Dry in Mauritius: film by Matt Gray—Fulbright Scholar & CSDi student

Matt Gray is spending a year as a researcher at the University of Mauritius in the Fulbright Program, and is also enrolled in OL 340: Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change.

Matt produced this excellent short documentary addressing the impacts of climate change on water resources in Mauritius, an island in the Western Indian Ocean, and how people are beginning to respond.


Too much rain in May and drought conditions in November negatively affect farmers with both extremes. Rainfall is down 10 % but the intensity has increased. 50% of water stored in reservoirs is lost to leaks.

The film shows us how having supplies of water resources and managing them are 2 different things.

Says Matt: “Along with the basics of adaptation, I want to learn the steps for doing an adaptation project by actually doing one”.


What are your thoughts on the responsibility of managing water in a water-rich country like Mauritius?

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One comment

  1. Joseph Ugbe says:

    Joseph Ugbe, a forestry officer with the Cross River State Forestry Commission in Nigeria, works within the area of the Bebuawhan Community, a population of about 2,800 people, located in the Obudu Local Government Area (LGA). Joseph's work is focused on enhancing community development through alternative livelihood capacity building with the aim of fostering the conservation of the area's rich biodiversity. The main stay of livelihood of the communities in the area is basically subsistence farming with very little foe sale in time of dear need, a situation which makes these communities especially vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change. In order to better understand the needs of the communities in the area, as well as their vulnerability to current climate variability and future climate change, a needs assessment was elaborated in one selected community. The selected community is bounded by four other communities and it houses the only natural spring water in the area. The natural spring water area also serves the neighboring communities in times of commercial water retail failure, sometimes attracting very large numbers of people. Not surprisingly, the most pressing needs expressed by the community members are related to water issues – inadequate fresh water supply and the lack of toilet facilities which further contaminates the water.

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