Stantec’s International Development team has been awarded a contract for the ‘Résilience des zones côtières du sud ouest de l'Océan Indien’ (Resilience of Coastal Ecosystems in the Southwest of the Indian Ocean [RECOS]) project as a next step towards protecting and strengthening the resilience of coastal populations affected by climate change. This regional project—commissioned by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) and in partnership with the French Development Agency—will benefit Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Seychelles. Stantec will be responsible for project management, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation.
The project’s scope is to strengthen regional and national governance of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Indian Ocean, and implement innovative, varied, and replicable restoration/sustainable exploitation work to mitigate natural disasters. Stantec will focus on knowledge sharing to reinforce coastal ecosystem management at regional and national scales. The team will also facilitate regional scientific cooperation and the implementation of pilot projects of restoration and support to sustainable exploitation chains of coastal ecosystems. The project has a strong focus on communication to help with sensibilization, capitalization, and valorization of good practices.
Stantec has been working with the IOC for the past six years as part of the ISLANDS project, which focused on accelerating the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The RECOS project will build on this experience.
Catherine Paul, local climate change center of expertise manager at Stantec, said: “We welcome this opportunity to work again with the IOC to support the improved resiliency of Small Island Developing States. Throughout COP26, this was a geography we heard much from as they are severely and presently impacted by the negative effects of climate change. Our team is standing by ready to work with the IOC and the stakeholders within the countries of the region and make significant steps towards more resilient coastline protection services.”
Virginie Louis, communications & visibility director at Stantec, added: “The communications role we will play as part of RECOS will support the positive impact of our technical activities in the region. Across the project team we will ensure that best practices are being shared and communications lines are set up to make informed decisions. This work will strategically complement and enhance existing initiatives, which increases the likelihood of its positive impact and long-term maintenance.”
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