Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
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The Republic of Mauritius

A grant was given to allow a person from Mauritius to visit Boston University and develop, jointly (between the University of Mauritius and Boston University), a ‘Decision Support Tool for Coastal Ecosystem Management’. A specialist from Mauritius assisted CSI in the preparation of various publications from September 1998 to April 1999.

The UNESCO Communication and Education Sectors, and the UNESCO Dakar, Maputo, Nairobi and Pretoria Offices jointly organized a workshop on ‘Education and Communication for Sustainable Coastal Development’ as part of the ‘Pan-African Conference on Sustainable Integrated Coastal Management (PACSICOM)’ held in Maputo in July 1998. The proceedings of the workshop were published as CSI info 7 (1999): ‘The Role of Communication and Education for Sustainable Coastal Development’ / ‘Rôle de la Communication et de l’Education dans le Développement Durable des Zones Côtières’. Two people from Mauritius participated in the workshop; one of them presented a keynote paper (English/French) the other a discussion paper (English/French).

A media seminar ‘What Future for our Coasts?’ was held in November 1999. It was attended by 24 media specialists and representatives of the general public from Mauritius.

Mauritius is a member of SEACAM the Secretariat for Eastern African Coastal Area Management. A French translation, of a training manual produced by SEACAM, ‘D’une Bonne Idée a un Projet Réussi. Manuel pour le Développement et la Gestion de Projets a l’Echelle Local was published as CSI info 9 in 2000. The manual has been used throughout east Africa to train members of non-governmental organisations concerned with integrated coastal zone management.

One person from Mauritius attended a meeting of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Samoa in December 2000. This workshop on ‘Wise Coastal Practices for Sustainable Small Island Living’ and an Open Day brought CSI project workers together. Discussion centred on project assessment and interaction with university chairs and the internet-based forum. The results of the workshop were published as CSI papers 9 (2001) ‘Wise Coastal Practices Towards Sustainable Small-Island Living’. The participant from Mauritius presented a paper on the ‘Mauritus Perspective on Wise Coastal Practices’.

The Small Islands Voice project started in January 2002 and Mauritius became involved the following year. The project goals are to overcome the isolation of small islands by providing their citizens, including young people, with opportunities to voice their opinions on environmental and development issues in a variety of ways: radio, television, print and Internet-based debate. In this way the general public will be able to contribute to the 10-year review of the ‘Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Islands Developing States’ adopted in Barbados in 1994; and play a more effective role in decision-making in their islands. 

A correspondent from Mauritius contributed to a discussion about development on the Small Islands Voice Internet-based global forum :Balancing Development and Environment’.

Articles in the News on Sunday ‘The Cyber City Wealth Boom’ (April 2003) and ‘Poverty Battle Continues’ (April 2003) illustrated Mauritian concerns over new information technology and climate change.

 

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