The Role of Education in Understanding Climate Change’s Impacts on Water Resources

By Chandradeo Bokhoree, R. Baldeo, D. Desvaux-Thomas and S. Ramprosand.

Published by The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses

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Scientific records and projections are proving the elevated risk of vulnerable freshwater resources being harshly impacted by climate change, especially on Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) like Mauritius. Adaptation measures to respond to those climatic impacts on water would require an integrated water resources management that includes obtaining the perception of the society’s consideration of the issue. As a result, due to progress being made in world economic integration and climate policies, a major change in thinking about freshwater is taking place in science and policy spheres. This paper aims at analysing the perception of a category of the Mauritian society, namely the working population, with regard to awareness as well as understanding of climate change and its impacts on water resources. The results of the study show that the educational level of respondents has an impact on both their awareness and understanding of climate change and the negative effects it has on our water resources. The findings can be of help to policy-makers engaged in the effective selection and implementation of realistic and targeted water-related adaptation measures all through- out the island.

Keywords: Climate Change, Adaptation, Water Resources, Small Islands Developing States, Public Perception, Educational Level

The International Journal of Climate Change: Impacts and Responses, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.149-166. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.165MB).

Dr. Chandradeo Bokhoree

Senior Lecturer, School of Sustainable Development and Tourism, University of Technology, Pointe-Aux-Sables, Port-Louis, Mauritius

Chandradeo Bokhoree, a native of Mauritius, was educated at the University of Mauritius, and at Loughborough University in UK, where he was awarded his PhD in 2004. He was a research scholar at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the USA in 2001/2003. He was a Lecturer in the School of Business Informatics and Software Engineering at the University of Technology, Mauritius until 2006, when he was appointed as Senior Lecturer. His research interests focus on the development and application of modelling techniques and adaptive technologies for sustainable development. He is currently the principle investigator on numerous consultancy projects geared towards finding practical solutions for a sustainable Mauritius.

R. Baldeo

Student, School of Sustainable Development and Tourism, University of Technology, Pointe Aux Sables, Port-Louis, Mauritius

D. Desvaux-Thomas

Student, School of Sustainable Development and Tourism, University of Technology, Pointe Aux Sables, Port-Louis, Mauritius

Dominique Desvaux-Thomas holds an Msc in Project Management with specialisation in Sustainable Development from the University of Technology, Mauritius. A land surveyor dealing with land management, her field of interest includes land use planning and integrated coastal zone management linked with climate change.

S. Ramprosand

Student, School of Sustainable Development and Tourism, University of Technology, Pointe Aux Sables, Port-Louis, Mauritius


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