'Maurice Ile Durable' (MID) - Mauritius Sustainable Island Project
By Rajen Awotar, Chairman, SID Mauritius Chapter
Mauritius Government has just completed a very inclusive process to produce the policy framework and the strategy document of the project entitled 'Maurice Ile Durable' (MID) - Mauritius Sustainable Island Project. This is the first attempt of its kind as regards such an ambitious goal. The most interesting part is that for the first time authorities have fully involved nearly all stakeholders with a strong focus on NGOs and civil society participation in framing the document. This document, in a summary form, will be presented at the Rio+20 Summit by the Mauritian delegation.
Given the innovative approach adopted by the authorities to work out such an ambitious project, the SID Mauritius Chapter is fully supporting and participating in this initiative since its very early stages. From the Mauritian perspective the Green Economy concept as developed by UNEP, needs to be further clearly defined as currently it is not efficiently addressing the pressing needs of developing countries, particularly LDCs (Least Developed Countries), SIDS (Small Island Developing States), etc. After the Rio+20 summit, SID Mauritius will implement a series of awareness raising activities around the Mauritius Sustainable Island project. Empowerment and capacity building initiatives are envisaged in particular for women, youth and students as the project will only succeed with a full and active participation of all sectors of the population. To this purpose SID Mauritius is currently finalizing an educational pamphlet in simple language to enhance public understanding of the objectives of the project and for everybody to be aware of their possible role and involvement.
In 2008, the Prime Minister, Navinchandra Ramgoolam announced his vision of making Mauritius a Sustainable Island – “Maurice Ile Durable” (MID). The main objective of the Maurice Ile Durable concept is to make Mauritius a world model of sustainable development, particularly in the context of SIDS (Small Island Developing States). While the initial thrust was to minimize dependency on fossil fuels through increased utilization of renewable energy and a more efficient use of energy in general, the concept soon widened to include all aspects of the economic model, society and the environment that are considered to be pivotal in the quest for a sustainable Mauritius.
The MID concept includes a participatory approach towards elaborating a national strategy for sustainable development aiming to take on board the whole society in the implementation of this ambitious project. (Source: gov.mu).
For further information on 'Maurice Ile Durable' please browse the MID project website
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