Mauritius reviews entry points for mainstreaming poverty-environment objectives into the next ten year development plan
Mauritius is committed to green its economy to achieve the goal of becoming a high-income, inclusive and environmentally sustainable country by 2020. Ensuring that the transition to a green economy is inclusive is essential and it is in this context that PEI is supporting the Government of Mauritius to review the entry points for poverty-environment mainstreaming into the next 10-year development plan–the blueprint.
‘The blueprint seeks to embark the Republic of Mauritius upon a transformation agenda underpinned by three objectives of high income, inclusiveness, and sustainability so as to serve the people and ensure the well-being and quality of life of the people, the ultimate goal of the economy” says Osman Mahomed, Executive Chairman of the Maurice IlE Durable (MID) Commission under the Prime Minister’s Office.
The poverty-environment mainstreaming review focuses on the Rodrigues Island as it is one of the poorest areas of the country. The draft review has identified the need for poverty-environment mainstreaming in the areas of agriculture; forestry, water and sustainable land use; eco-tourism; marine resources and fishery and; manufacturing and ICT sector.
On 16 July 2014 the MID commission and the United Nations Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) held a workshop to advance Mauritius’ transition to a more inclusive green economy. At the workshop it was noted that more work can be done to ensure the inclusive aspects of Mauritius Green Economy Action Plan, including looking at issues of income inequality, job creation and gender equality. Greater attention to tailored green economy approaches for poorer areas, such as Rodrigues, is one way to ensure a more inclusive approach.
In this context, the poverty-environment mainstreaming review in Rodrigues can help inform a more inclusive green economy approach. Linking the work of PEI, PAGE and other complementary UN programmes, such as SWITCH Africa Green, Global Environment Facility, GEF Small Grants Programme, and the System for Environmental-Economic Accounts Project in their efforts to help Mauritius improve its citizens’ well-being, accelerate growth, and protect its natural resources is important, emphasized Simon Springett, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Mauritius.