GIS – 22 May, 2017: The second Workshop on The Strategy and Action Plan for a Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery System for Mauritius kicked off this morning at Labourdonnais Hotel, Port Louis. This initiative of the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development in collaboration with the Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) aims at enabling consultants to present the New Solid Waste Management Strategy and Action Plan to various stakeholders.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, Mr Etienne Sinatambou, stated that for the last 20 years, solid waste management has been viewed as merely a collection, transfer and disposal exercise, which amounts to billions of rupees each year.
“The Strategy and Action Plan for a Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery System for Mauritius will bring about meaningful change in our strategy and provide well-defined tasks and approaches for solid waste management in the years to come”, he underlined.
He also highlighted that as the Mare Chicose Landfill will reach saturation in 2019, there is a need to adopt a mixed waste management strategy and increase the focus on waste recycling. He also pointed out that concerned authorities must tap the potential of energy recovery from waste.
The AFD has been approached to conduct a feasibility study on the Strategy and Action Plan, pointed out Mr Sinatambou. He also added that the entire study is being financed by the AFD to the tune of around 200 000 Euros, and is being carried out by a consultancy firm from Belgium, Ecorem, in collaboration with Luxconsult (Mauritius) Ltd.
The consultancy services consist of two phases. Phase one includes the preparation of the Strategy and Action plan, including a baseline review, and an analysis of strategic options and recommendations; and Phase two, comprises a feasibility study of the selected options which will be implemented after approval from Government.
Furthermore, the Minister pointed out that Phase one is expected to be completed by July 2017 and that Phase two will start in September 2017.
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