GIS - October 4, 2012: A two-day Regional Dialogue on Green Economy for the Western Indian Ocean Island States opened this morning at La Cannelle, Domaine Les Pailles.
The objective is to enhance understanding on the green economy and identify the required regulatory framework to promote this concept. This initiative also aims at encouraging Western Indian Ocean Island States to adopt green economy policies and strategies for information sharing through case studies and best practices.
More than 30 participants both local and foreign are attending the event which is organised by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. This initiative is also supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Indian Ocean Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Sessions will focus on the following themes: understanding and enhancing green economy in the context of the Western Indian Ocean Island; improving the governance for the green economy - challenges and opportunities; and, action planning. Resource persons comprise representatives from UNEP and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
In his opening address, the acting Minister of Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Satya Veyash Faugoo, recalled that the Rio+20 Conference clearly outlined that green economy is not a mere theoretical construct but a strong response to some of the most important challenges which the world is facing today.
Mauritius views green economy as a means towards achieving sustainable development and it is line with the Maurice Ile Durable vision, said the Minister. He also reiterated Government’s commitment to continuously build on initiatives that gear towards re-orienting economic growth and development towards a green economy.
For his part the Resident Representative of the UNDP, Mr Simon Springett, pointed out that twenty years after the first Rio conference, it has become obvious that the environment and the economy can no longer be considered in isolation.
According to Mr Springett, Governments worldwide and the international community are convinced, at least on paper, of the need to shift towards a more resource-efficient and green economy paradigm so as to eradicate poverty and achieve sustainable development. He also highlighted the necessity to promote investment in green technologies and green infrastructure and improve the conditions for entrepreneurship, amongst others.