MAURITIUS

JOINED PAGE IN 2014

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CONTEXT

Since its independence in 1968, Mauritius has come a long way, transforming into an upper middle-income diversified economy benefitting from dynamic industrial, financial and tourism sectors as well as high levels of human development. However, increased economic activity has also had adverse effects on the environment. Significant threats such as marine and air pollution, coupled with the island’s vulnerability to climate change, underline the necessity for Mauritius to increase resource efficiency and the resiliency of its economy in order to build a sustainable and prosperous future.

 In order to tackle the environmental and social challenges it currently faces as well as achieve its ambition of becoming a high-income, sustainable and inclusive economy by 2030, the government has formulated an ambitious path forward, the Vision 2030 Development Model*, with key focus on addressing unemployment, alleviating poverty and promoting sustainable development. The government has also launched the Three Year Strategic Plan 2017-2020, “Rising to the Challenge of our Ambitions”, in June 2017, aiming to address these pressing challenges through targeted actions in various key growth sectors. In Mauritius’ Three Year Strategic Plan, green economy is mentioned as an approach for implementing low-carbon growth and renewable energy strategies in key sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing waste management and tourism.

Throughout this process, PAGE has worked with the Mauritian government as well as the private sector and civil society actors on a series of technical support programs and various green economy assessments. PAGE is notably supporting the implementation of the Three Year Strategic Plan, seeking to promote innovation, increase efficiency of public institutions and develop skills in the labor force towards the advancement of shared and environmentally sustainable growth in Mauritius.

PAGE activities in Mauritius are contributing to the achievement of: SDG 4 (Quality Education); SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure); SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production); SDG 13 (Climate Action) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for the Goals)

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PAGE'S WORK IN MAURITIUS

PROGRESS 2016                    |                    PROGRESS 2017

 

LATEST ACTIVITY

MauritiusJune 2018 - The Government of Mauritius launched its annual budget speech on 14 June 2018 for the 2018/2019 period. The budget includes new fiscal incentives for organic agriculture. Agriculture was one of the six focus sectors of the earlier PAGE Green Economy Assessment, in which supporting organic practices was one of the suggested actions.

INTEGRATION OF INCLUSIVE GREEN ECONOMY (IGE) GOALS AND TARGETS INTO SDG ALIGNED NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING

INTEGRATION OF INCLUSIVE GREEN ECONOMY (IGE) GOALS AND TARGETS INTO SDG ALIGNED NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLANNING

Green Economy Assessment was conducted in partnership with 12 Mauritian ministries and government bodies as well as a wide range of civil society and private sector actors. Having determined where green economy policymaking offered the highest potential for impact, PAGE has subsequently provided technical assistance and support related to the priority sectors and themes identified.

In line with the Mauritian government’s ambition for a sustainable and socially inclusive future, PAGE has provided significant support to implement the ambitious goals laid out in Mauritius’ longterm development vision, and to embed green economy into the Marshall Plan Against Poverty. 

EVIDENCE-BASED SECTORAL AND THEMATIC REFORMS

EVIDENCE-BASED SECTORAL AND THEMATIC REFORMS

PAGE is for instance providing support in the field of green finance where it is backing the government and other stakeholders such as the Stock Exchange of Mauritius in efforts to develop a green bonds market as a means to strengthen both national and international resource mobilization in favor of efficient, clean and inclusive economic activity.

PAGE has collaborated with multiple ministries in an effort to upgrade the technological capacities of industrial sectors and promote the reduction of waste generation. Accordingly, an industrial waste assessment (IWA) that involved considerable private sector mobilization was conducted in 2016 in order to guide policymakers in the development of strategic green industrial policies.

PAGE provided support with the production of a Public Environment and Expenditure Review (PEER) in order to analyze the effectiveness of environmentally related budget allocation, develop tracking tools, and provide recommendations to strengthen the effectiveness of public expenditure. A report on Tracking Public Sector Environmental Expenditure and a related Training Manual are now available for government use.

PAGE work is also building on green economy fiscal policy work previously conducted by UN Environment seeking to reform fiscal policies to better reflect environmental impacts, induce behavior change and create additional fiscal space for green investments.

INDIVIDUAL, INSTITUTIONAL AND PLANNING CAPACITIES STRENGTHENED

INDIVIDUAL, INSTITUTIONAL AND PLANNING CAPACITIES STRENGTHENED

In an effort to empower stakeholders and bolster green economy development, PAGE has focused on building green economy related capacity of government actors as well as in the private sector and civil society.

PAGE has conducted a Green Economy Learning Needs Assessment to identify and bridge knowledge gaps. PAGE has delivered training workshops on tracking environmental expenditure to representatives from various ministries, and has conducted a series of awareness raising workshops during the Green Economy Week held in 2018, including on green bonds, sustainable business practices, green industry, and green jobs, among others.

Additionally, PAGE delivered a training on how to optimize green economy training through an existing e-learning platform for civil servants.