A Review of the Draft National Oil Spill Contingency Plan (NOSCP) was held on Thursday 21st October, during a national validation workshop organised by the Ministry of Environment, Solid Waste Management and Climate Change at Balaclava. The NOSCP was endorsed in the presence of representatives of the Government, UN resident Coordinator’s Office, United Nations Development Programme, Agence Française de Développement, and Civil Society.
A workshop was held at Balaclava on 13 October, to showcase sustainable alternative livelihood projects funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under the Emergency Response to the Wakashio Oil Spill in Mauritius programme. Implemented by five NGOs to support communities impacted by the 2020 oil spill, the programme supported activities such as marine ecosystems and fauna conservation, sustainable fishing practices, agroecology, and aquaponics.
A 2-day consultative workshop on the formulation of a road map for a plastic-free Mauritius was launched by the Ministry of Environment, Solid Waste Management, and Climate change. Supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), this initiative including the participation of key stakeholders and members of the civil society aims to build consensus around a common vision towards reducing plastic pollution in the Republic of Mauritius.
The Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Seychelles, the Minister for Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment, and the French Ambassador were on La Digue to inaugurate drainage works implemented under the supervision of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). They also met with the local communities who will be responsible for the maintenance of the drains. The works have been implemented as part of the EU-funded climate adaptation to increase coastal protection and prevent flooding in the vulnerable areas of the island.
This new edition of the UNDP Gendered Voices Newsletter sheds light on the pandemic-triggered challenges and resilience strategies developed by women entrepreneurs in the the informal sector, particularly those involved in green jobs, in the Republic of Mauritius and Rodrigues Island.
This report is the product of a partnership between Business Mauritius and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), with financial support from the Government of Japan as part of efforts to facilitate the socio-economic response and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Mauritius. The successful implementation of the Circular Economy will require an integrated approach that coordinates the efforts of all stakeholders in collaboration with the private sector. We are hopeful that the insights contained in this report will be a useful guide for policymakers and actors in the private sector.

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