5 June 2021 marks the 47th celebration of World Environment Day. This year’s theme “Ecosystem Restoration” calls for urgent action to revive our damaged environment. The 2021 celebration will also launch the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration with the aim of preventing, stopping and reversing global degradation while fighting poverty, climate change and preventing mass extinction of species.
The tourism sector has been on pause since March 2020 in Mauritius. Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the sector had on average contributed about 7% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Mauritius over the past 10 years, and in 2019, accounted for 22% of employment. The impact of this sharp decline in tourism is being felt, first and foremost, at the level of people and households. While the Government Wage Assistance Scheme (GWAS) to ensure sustained livelihoods continues to be a warranted initiative, can it really withstand a protracted period of pandemic-induced uncertainty?
Rodrigues island prepares to celebrate World Environment Day, and World Oceans Day, through a week of activities scheduled between the 5 and 12 June 2021. The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is Ecosystem Restoration, while World Oceans Day 2021 will lay emphasis on Life and Livelihoods. This week of activities, which demonstrates Rodrigues' commitment to the protection of the environment and of the ocean, is organised by the Rodrigues Regional Assembly in collaboration with UNDP Mauritius Country Office, Global Environment Facility, # Green Restoration, François Leguat Reserve Rodrigues and many other partners including Non-Governmental Organisations and the private sector. Discover the Programme of Activities HERE.
World Oceans Day 2021 under the theme "Life and Livelihoods" is the opportunity to celebrate and honor the ocean, the seas, and their biodiversity. Threatened by pollution, overfishing, and climate change, oceans need to be protected by all to keep sustaining life on the planet.
This third edition of the UNDP Mauritius Gendered Voices Newsletter shares the stories of women involved in biodiversity, ecosystem restoration, and climate justice in Mauritius and Rodrigues, and focuses on practical and strategic responses in the environment sector to contribute to policy formulation and programs aimed at assisting women as powerful actors in the fight against climate change.
Four small islands on the frontline of climate change Small islands sit on the front line against climate change. It can be an unfair reality to accept that, despite contributing less than 1% of total greenhouse gases, these island states stand to suffer the biggest and worst impacts of climate change. For the communities that live on these islands, climate change threatens their livelihoods, and sometimes their very existence.

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