Going green: United Nations partnership supports Mauritius in sustainability
The workshop also served as an opportunity to bring together all major stakeholders to identify options for promoting high return investments in the economy that can create green jobs and improve livelihoods. (Image: MID)
Mauritius’ transition to a more inclusive and environmentally sustainable high-income economy is getting a thumbs-up from the United Nations Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE).
A national workshop organized by the Maurice Ile Durable (MID) Commission and PAGE to enhance the sustainability framework of the island economy by 2020, opened on July 16, 2014, at the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, Port Louis.
The MID Commission’s Executive Chairman, Osman Mahomed, and the UN Resident Coordinator for Mauritius and Seychelles, Simon Springett, among others, were present at the opening ceremony.
In his opening address, Osman Mahomed stated, “Green economy is one of the four programmes through which MID is to be delivered, where the other three programmes are energy efficiency and renewables; a cleaner, greener and pollution-free Mauritius; and the ocean economy.”
“The MID Commission will feed the Green Economy Action Plan for Budget 2015 preparations, and very importantly, also for the realization of the blueprint that seeks to embark Mauritius upon a transformation agenda underpinned by three objectives – high income, inclusiveness and sustainability,” he added.
“We believe that a green economy will contribute in making the environmental sectors the new engine for pro-poor, pro-job and pro-equity growth,” he added.
For his part, Simon Springett stated that “through PAGE and other complementary UN programmes, such as SWITCH Africa Green, Global Environment Facility and GET Small Grants Programme, amongst others, UN agencies are closely coordinating their efforts to help Mauritius improve its citizens’ well-being, accelerate growth, and protect its natural resources.”
The workshop also served as an opportunity to bring together all major stakeholders to identify options for promoting high return investments in the economy that can create green jobs and improve livelihoods.
In addition, during the workshop, seven sectors, namely: transport, manufacturing, tourism, agriculture, waste, energy and water, were also discussed.
Along with the workshop, a scoping mission was also held from July 14 to 17, 2014 in Mauritius, during which PAGE partners held a series of meetings with local stakeholders from the government, private sector and civil society.
It may be recalled that PAGE partners comprise the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and finally, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The objectives of the PAGE scoping mission and workshop are to disseminate the case for a green economy in Mauritius to a wider range of stakeholders.
This initiative will include discussions at workshop on topics such as the Green Economy Assessment and Action Plan, the ILO’s work on green jobs and UNIDO’s work on the economic impacts of green industry.
It also aims to identify, in consultation with local stakeholders, how PAGE could support the efforts of Mauritius to transform into a more inclusive green economy within the wider objective to achieve high-income economy status by 2020.
Till now, the PAGE partners have already supported a number of green economy initiatives in the island, such as the Africa Adaptation Programme for Mauritius, which was partly funded by UNDP, the green jobs reports funded by ILO, the Climate Change Adaptation Programme in the coastal zone of Mauritius and the ongoing green economy assessment that will feed into a comprehensive action plan for Budget 2015.