Sustainability in Mauritius

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Sustainable Mauritius
Brundtland report (1987) has defined the term sustainable development as the development that meets the needs for the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs Sustainable development and planning is structured essentially around 3 elements: economic growth, social development and environmental protection. While development is associated with social development, it is also associated with environmental disasters if the development is not well planned. In 1992, following the international conference in Rio de Janeiro, a number of guiding principles were established on action that countries could take to achieve sustainable development (Agenda,21) Based on these guiding principles, Mauritius promulgated its National Agenda 21 to address the pressing problems and to cater for new developments with a view of achieving the balance between development, social benefits and environmental protection. In the pursuit of sustainable development, a number of legislation and policies in the field of planning have been enacted; the National Environmental Policy(2002) , the Planning and Development Act(PDA, 2004) the National Development Strategy (NDS) and the National physical Development Plan. Mauritius has been ranked 62nd out of 99 coastal tourism destinations in a recent evaluation by the National Geographic Society. The overall view of the organisation is that “the cultural, biological, and geological diversity of this semi-submerged volcano, whose rugged peak rises abruptly from the southwest Indian Ocean, makes it an especially appealing. Unfortunately, the tourism industry, characterised by large, all-inclusive resorts, fails to contribute to a sense of place and doesn’t economically benefit local residents to the extent that it could” The current pace of development in the island not only severely challenges the integrity of our environmental, physical, ecological, social, cultural, and economic resources, but it also projects a negative image of Mauritius in the international market, impacting on both the demand and the supply side of the industry. * Ensure sustainable consumption and production: sustainable consumption and production can be defined as “the production and use of goods and services that respond to basic needs and bring a better quality of life, while minimising the use of natural resources, toxic materials and emissions of waste and pollutants over the life cycle, so as not to jeopardize the ability to meet the needs of future generations” holistic approach to minimising negative environmental impacts from production and consumption in society and can thus be viewed as the two legs on which sustainable development stands * This multicultural society which lives in peace

* Some students of Sir Leckraz Teelock SSS have built a wind turbine capable of generating electricity to light 100 electric bulbs * Papers, plastic bags are thrown here and there on the station. Dusbin remain empty. * Why should youngsters feel concerned if their own environment doesn’t show how things should be done? Seems like the chicken & egg issue * Working on an internet portal aimed to bring together students from all colleges which would help creating a new generation of young people who would care more about civic topics, like environment protection and other issues related to a better society. * The boys from Sir Leckraz Teelock SSS built a wind turbine capable of producing 1 kWh of electricity – enough to switch on 100 electric bulbs * The school authorities launch several projects – green school project – the school has to take concrete actions to promote the Mauritius Sustainable Island project – it goes from creating a green corner to recycle and separate rubbish * Catch the people from their young age to make them aware and think differently * The school encourages students to take part in projects related to ecological...
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