Sustainable Mauritius

Contribute to our crowd-sourced project: "ReVision 2020". This is a collaborative venture between the private sector and civil society initiated by the Governor of the Bank of Mauritius. Its aim is to develop a comprehensive National Strategy for a genuinely Sustainable Mauritius and a Change Management Programme to make it happen.

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Energy Roadmap

We are delighted to freely share with you the on-line presentation of our roadmap to energy self-sufficiency (click on the image and then the "play" symbol). This was an outcome of our contribution to the Working Group on Energy which held workshops during June and July of 2011. It was first presented at a workshop of the Green Buildings Council Mauritius in the offices of the Mauritius Research Council on 23rd September 2011. It was then due to be presented at the University of Mauritius, however, it appears that this was subsequently vetoed by Khalil Elahee.

Tourism Strategy

In 2009, We Love Mauritius posed a number of questions to Xavier Duval, then Minister of Tourism and Leisure, about his strategy for the sector. Our purpose was to ascertain its compatibility with the Prime Minister's vision of Maurice Ile Durable. He delegated the Ministry's response to Sunil Kowlessur, Principle Tourism Planner. Here is what he had to say along with our assessments.

Sustainable Buildings?

There is no such thing as a sustainable building. A building is a part of a community, of a planet. We as a community need to adopt more sustainable ways of living. Only then will our buildings reflect how sustainable we are. However, there are definitely buildings that make a better use of natural resources than others. Building for a sustainable community is about making decisions to fulfil our needs and desires, while optimizing our use of natural resources.

Disappearing Beaches

What is happening to our beaches? Some are predicting that within a matter of decades they will all be eroded away. After one storm, the beach at Pointe aux Canonniers had lost an enormous amount of sand, making the predictions seem true. However, within weeks the sand was returning and the beach getting back to normal.

By thinking of our beaches as part of the mainland, we try to prevent them eroding by using many of the same methods. However, if beaches are significantly different, is it possible that we might be doing more harm than good?

Sailing into History

In November 2008, Zac Sunderland visited Mauritius half way through his successful bid to be the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the world single-handed. As reported in the Weekend newspaper he told children at the Grand Baie Youth Sailing Club: “I wish to see a Mauritian do better than me”. However, this seems an impossible dream since only a very few lucky Mauritians are taught how to sail dinghies and there is no formal training at all for offshore yachting.

But are there good reasons to try to make Zac's wish a reality? We believe there are, so how can we achieve it?

Green Buildings

Green buildings are part of a global response to increasing awareness of the role of human activity in causing global climate change. Buildings account for more than 40% of all global carbon dioxide emissions, one of the main culprits implicated in the phenomenon of global warming. Many observers predict that half of the new buildings over the next three decades will occur in China alone, some 220 billion square feet of new space for residential, commercial and industrial uses. Without a focus on energy-efficient and green buildings, we have no chance for tackling global climate change.

From Sugar to Energy Estates

Several issues affect the sustainable development of Mauritius. One is our dependence on fossil fuels for transport and electricity. These sources of energy are finite and hence, at some point in time substitutes will have to be found. A second issue is the disposal of waste. By taking a broader perspective on these two is it possible to come up with more integrated solutions?

Chagos and UNESCO

The Third German Empire sought to ethnically cleanse its homeland, rule its neighbours through vassal governments and plunder the world to enrich its Nazi elite. Why? Because it was God's will for His chosen people? No, that was propaganda to recruit an army and justify genocide. The real reasons were avarice and vanity – the Nazi elite were not satisfied with what they already had, like a cancer in the body of humanity. And they were not alone. Of course, some empires are more ethical than others and exterminating alien peoples can be substituted with racial apartheid or merely discrimination.

Kreol in Schools

Submission from “We Love Mauritius” (WeLuvMu) at the request of the Ministry of Education on the subject of:

The Introduction of Kreol Language in Schools

We Love Mauritius” is a charitable Mauritian NGO, operating, amongst others, in the field of human rights. We have responded to the invitation to submit views on the introduction of Kreol in schools by organising a virtual focus group to canvas the views of our members who are interested in the subject. We highlight the opinions that were expressed and then move on to a detailed analysis of the issues involved that attempts both to encompass and reflect these opinions and also shed new light on the debate.

Won't You Help to Sing?

No matter how much we try to ignore it, the undeniable truth is that the vast majority of us in Mauritius are the descendants of slaves and servants. Some were sold into slavery by pirates, others were convinced to sell themselves into servitude by deception. French colonialists were largely responsible for the former and British colonialists for the latter. We are now an independent nation but do we ever reflect on the degree to which this cultural legacy lives on? Download audio

A Sickening Society

While waste and energy grab the headlines, there is another threat to our way of life whose consequences are at least as severe. Our society is sick and without the proper treatment it will only get worse.

  • Symptom: increasing spread of HIV
  • Highest prevalence: intravenous drug users (IDUs), sex workers
  • At risk groups: wider population, tourists
  • Vectors: shared syringes, unsafe sex

A Beginner's Guide to CSR

Mauritius is the first country in the world to require businesses to donate a portion of their profits to NGOs or government projects in the name of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). So what is behind this innovative legislation and what might be its consequences? To answer these questions, let us lay aside our preconceived ideas about CSR and explore the concept from first principles by comparing good businesses with good people.

The Chagos Issue

While the debate about what to do with the Chagos archipelago and its former population continues to rage, there are a few points about which all parties agree:

  • The British behaved shamefully, if not illegally, in depopulating the islands at the request of the Americans.
  • The archipelago is rightfully part of the Republic of Mauritius and will be restored to Mauritius when the British no longer have need of it for “defensive purposes”.
  • The Chagossians deserve full compensation for the wrongs they have suffered.

Why are environmentalists welcoming the declaration of the waters around the archipelago as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) and how might this provide the key to the long term solution?

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