Status of Mangroves in Mauritius
Mangroves play an important role in the coastal ecosystem of Mauritius. Two species of mangroves,
Bruguiera gymnorrhiza (L.) Lam., and Rhizophora mucronata Lam., have been identified so far. The
latter species is more dominant and occurs in pure stands in most of the swamps.
Loss of biodiversity due to the destruction of wetlands, mangroves and corals is one of the
priority issues identified in the National Environment Strategies. Mangrove and Coral reef management
and protection is one of the key strategies in addressing coastal zone challenges in Mauritius.
Very few scientific studies exist on mangroves in Mauritius. Currently there are no scientific
studies on the fauna and flora inhabiting mangrove ecosystems. This is an area that requires further
research. Therefore a lot of work remains to be done with regards to the mangroves. Moreover, future
management programs will need to look into the factors threatening mangrove ecosystems