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Islets Management Plan

Islets Management Plan
Mauritius  and Rodrigues are surrounded by numerous ecologically sensitive offshore islets that are very important and internationally known for their natural biodiversity.   The flora and fauna of these islets have evolved through millions of years of isolation and adaptation.  These are now characterized by rich, diverse and high endemicity that are particularly susceptible to decline and extinctions.
The majority of these islets have undergone degradation but all have the potential for ecological restoration.  Being conscious of the importance of biodiversity, Government commissioned, in 1993, a survey of these islets under the First Environmental Investment Programme.  This survey was carried out by Wildlife Management International (New Zealand), which produced its report entitled “Mauritius Offshore Island Survey Report and Management Plan”.
One of the main recommendations made in the report was the eradication of the problematic alien animals on some of these islets with high conservation potential.  The National Parks and Conservation Service carried out the eradication from 1995 to 1998 with the assistance of the Wildlife Management International and Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.  The following islets were cleared from rodents, namely rats, mice, cats, hares and rabbits:
Mauritius (Gunner’s Quoin, Flat island, Gabriel islandand Pigeon Rock)Rodrigues (Cocos and Sables Islands)
The overall goal of this project is to restore and preserve the natural biodiversity of the flora and fauna on the islets of Mauritiusand Rodrigues.
As Phase I of the project and funded under the Second Environment Investment Programme, a strategic plan has been prepared by Agrer (a Belgian firm) for the following sixteen islets:-
Based on this Islet National Park Strategic Plan (2004), individual management plans have also been prepared for the following eight islets:

 Flat Island
 Gabriel Island
 Pigeon Rock
 Gunner's Quoin
 Serpent Island
 Ile d'Ambre
 Round Island
 Ile aux Fouquets
 Ile aux Mariannes
 Vacoas Island
 Ile de la Passe
 Rocher des Oiseaux
 Ile aux Fous
 Ile aux Flammants
 Ile aux oiseaux and
 Ile aus Aigrettes
 Flat  Island
Based on this Islet National Park Strategic Plan (2004), individual management plans have also been prepared for the following eight islets:
Phase II of this project will cover the following islets:

Northern Islets and associated lagoon

 Flat Island
 Gabriel Island

Mahebourg Islets and associated lagoon

 Ile aux Fouquets
 Ile de la Passe
 Ile aux Mariannes
 Rocher des Oiseaux
 Ile aux Fous
 Ile aux Oiseaux
 Ile aux vacoas

The National Parks & Conservation Service is working on the Management Plan for Round Island, since the latter is of high conservation values.