GIS – 05 July, 2017: The second International Conference on Energy, Environment and Climate Change (ICEECC), aimed at fostering sustainable cooperation between environment-based research communities, is being held in Mauritius at Le Méridien Hotel, Pointe aux Piments.
The two-day Conference, an initiative of the University of Mauritius, brings together some 60 participants comprising both local and international academics, scientists, researchers and engineers. Discussions are focusing on possible palliative measures to mitigate harmful consequences of climate change.
The second edition of ICEECC is structured around plenary sessions, poster and oral presentations on various themes, namely: power generation; energy and environmental management; renewable energy; and sustainable development.
Speaking this morning at the opening of the conference on behalf of the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, the Acting Permanent Secretary, Mr M. Varaden, underlined the direct link between the expansion of population dynamics and the gradual upsurge in the demand for energy. The consequent effects, he stated, will trigger environmental harms, health issues, pollution and disrupt societal living patterns.
Mr Varaden dwelt on the need for market-oriented research as well as consultations on energy and environment to develop innovative strategies with a view to building resilience against climate change. Government is actively engaged on the education front to incorporate concerns related to climate change in the primary and secondary curricula, he recalled.
In the same vein, he highlighted the pivotal role of Higher Education in encouraging students to carry out research and tap the experience of international experts for the development of renewable energy sector and cleaner technologies.