GIS – 21 June 2013: The Maurice Ile Durable (MID) Policy and Strategy Action Plan was presented to the media yesterday during a press conference by the Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr. Devanand Virahsawmy, in Port Louis. The plan, prepared by a team of consultants from Mott Macdonald (UK) Ltd, outlines four priority programmes namely energy conservation and renewables; cleaner, greener and pollution free Mauritius; green economy; and ocean economy.
The preliminary cost estimates for the priority programmes are as follows: Energy - Rs 5.1 billion; Cleaner, Greener, Pollution-free Mauritius - Rs 1.0 billion; and Green Economy - Rs 0.16 billion. However, costing for the implementation of the programme on Ocean Economy has been excluded, for it will be developed at a later stage.
Some 130 projects/activities have been proposed under the 5Es, that is, Energy, Environment, Employment, Education and Equity. Their implementation in the short, medium and long terms aims to bring coherence and upgrade existing activities with the introduction of new ideas for better sustainable development. The MID is a societal project that aims to deliver sustainable growth, with a vision to make of Mauritius a model of sustainable development.
The MID Action Plan will be implemented alongside the economic and social transformation plan. This interaction will provide the operational link between the long-term objectives and the three-year Programme Based Budgeting of Ministries, thus charting across the implementation and monitoring of set targets.
According to the Action Plan, the principal challenges are: establishing a clear pathway to achieve national and sectoral targets; ensuring that all Ministries give priority to the realisation of MID; reversing the decline of ecosystems and the natural environment; and ensuring that future investments in land development and infrastructure do not further reduce the sustainability of the country.
MID is fundamentally dependent on collaboration across the public, private and non-profit sectors and will transcend political cycles without having a life-expectancy attributed to it. The MID objectives will be promoted through quality of life being endorsed as the overarching goal composed of economic, social, cultural and personal factors.
Minister Virahsawmy pointed out that the Action Plan is not here to replace existing policies but rather provides better ideas which will help making MID a success. Government has earmarked Rs 720 million over a period of three years for MID projects and that a sum of Rs 200 million has already been approved. Out of the Rs 200 million, Rs 118 million will be used for renewable energy, and the rest will go for other projects.
He recalled that the successful implementation of the Action Plan warrants a change in mindset and invited the public to give their comments on the MID Action Plan which is available online.
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