Environmental Issue

août 18, 2015

‘The town is the symbol of society – of mutual help and friendly ’cooperation of fatherhood, motherhood, brotherhood, sisterhood, of wide relations between man and man-of broad, expanding sympathies-of science, art, culture, religion.’ Ebenezer Howard

‘The town is the symbol of society – of mutual help and friendly ’cooperation of fatherhood, motherhood, brotherhood, sisterhood, of wide relations between man and man-of broad, expanding sympathies-of science, art, culture, religion.’ Ebenezer Howard

juillet 5, 2015

Filming began this week on a project by two young Mauritians that takes an innovative look at the degradation of the lagoons and ocean around Mauritius, while also offering some thought-provoking suggestions for how to address the problems.

Filming began this week on a project by two young Mauritians that takes an innovative look at the degradation of the lagoons and ocean around Mauritius, while also offering some thought-provoking suggestions for how to address the problems.
Zara Currimjee of Poste Lafayette and Vanina Harel of Mt. Choisy have brought their film-making and environmental expertise together with the goal of telling the story of the Mauritian lagoon through the eyes of a local fisherman.

juin 23, 2015

I wrote this article in the train on my way back to my office in Amsterdam. I spent eleven days following the climate negotiations in the splendid new venue of the United Nations in Bonn. At the entrance, a group of young people displaced a very original banner with the following words….

I wrote this article in the train on my way back to my office in Amsterdam. I spent eleven days following the climate negotiations in the splendid new venue of the United Nations in Bonn. At the entrance, a group of young people displaced a very original banner with the following words…. “SPEED IT UP”, I was simply wondering whether they were referring to the actual process on the climate negotiations or an address to the leaders of the world to speed up the de-carbonization process for controlling the global emissions and move out of dirty coal.

juin 23, 2015

In 1985, the West Indian Ocean was one of the cleanest oceanic regions on the planet. 30 years later, despite rapid population growth and urbanization up and down its African shoreline, it still is.



In 1985, the West Indian Ocean was one of the cleanest oceanic regions on the planet. 30 years later, despite rapid population growth and urbanization up and down its African shoreline, it still is.

This is in no small part due to the foresight of East Africa's coastal countries, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and Madagascar. When they convened to sign the Nairobi Convention three decades ago, they recognized that their future prosperity relied on the sustainable, intelligent development of the great swath of blue lapping at their shores.

mai 22, 2015

Walking through the old streets of Port-Louis is no longer a pleasure.
Your ears are always being battered by the noise pollution…

Walking through the old streets of Port-Louis is no longer a pleasure.
Your ears are always being battered by the noise pollution…
Your nose is being engulfed by foul smell coming from canals, rivulets and manholes that have not been cleaned since yester century…
Your eyes are blinded by the ugliness of concrete buildings in a shabby state, without any sense of aesthetics…
Eyesore is a very weak word to qualify the insult to our eyes.

March 5, 2015

Why is energy pathway important?

Strategically the energy issue is so vital to any economy that it should compel every government to never lose control over it. The private sector, through the IPPs, control around 60% of the energy production (using mainly coal).

Why is energy pathway important?

January 23, 2015

Mauritius is facing the problem of water supply. Being a small island, we should be able to enjoy the facility of having water supply 24/7.

Mauritius is facing the problem of water supply. Being a small island, we should be able to enjoy the facility of having water supply 24/7.

January 20, 2015

After the 1983 general elections, the then Minister of Finance (also the NOW Minister of finance) discovered that we had become a nation of gamblers (enn nasion zougader) and among his great initiatives was the decision to raise the lottery stakes substantially.

After the 1983 general elections, the then Minister of Finance (also the NOW Minister of finance) discovered that we had become a nation of gamblers (enn nasion zougader) and among his great initiatives was the decision to raise the lottery stakes substantially. If my memory serves me right, the first prize went from some hundred thousand rupees to a million. Was the aim to reduce gambling? Or was it to whet people’s appetite for easy money?

décembre 1, 2014

This is the first time in the history of Mauritius that two women have been asked to hold high-level offi ces. Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as President of the Republic of Mauritius under the Lepep Alliance and Francoise Labelle as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly under the PTr-MMM Alliance. Gender Activists are proud of this move although we know very well that this is being done to silence us since there are only 12 woman candidates on the list of 60 for the PTr-MMM Alliance and a meagre fi gure of 9 on 60 for Lepep Alliance. The number of women candidates for these two major alliances is indeed an insult to women. But was there a need to put salt on the wound by insulting Professor Gurib-Fakim publicly and saying that “Dan liniversite pann trouv li bon, aster li pou bon pou vinn prezidan repiblik?” (she was not found good at the University, now she will be good as President of the Republic?). We should rewind a bit so that the Mauritian population will remember that the same Prime Minister, Dr. Navin Ramgoolam found Professor Gurib-Fakim so competent as a researcher and a scientifi c that he recommended her to the former President of the Republic to be elevated to the rank of Commander of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (CSK) in 2008.

This is the first time in the history of Mauritius that two women have been asked to hold high-level offi ces. Professor Ameenah Gurib-Fakim as President of the Republic of Mauritius under the Lepep Alliance and Francoise Labelle as Speaker of the Legislative Assembly under the PTr-MMM Alliance. Gender Activists are proud of this move although we know very well that this is being done to silence us since there are only 12 woman candidates on the list of 60 for the PTr-MMM Alliance and a meagre fi gure of 9 on 60 for Lepep Alliance.

novembre 4, 2014

With the onset of summer, perpetual water supply shortages become more acute for many Mauritians. We have been suffering from this problem for the past thirty five years. The Central Water Authority (CWA) has been unable to improve its services and, as a result, Mauritians do not have a twenty four hours per day seven days a week water supply, which is a shame for a country aspiring to have a high income economy within the next ten years.

With the onset of summer, perpetual water supply shortages become more acute for many Mauritians. We have been suffering from this problem for the past thirty five years. The Central Water Authority (CWA) has been unable to improve its services and, as a result, Mauritians do not have a twenty four hours per day seven days a week water supply, which is a shame for a country aspiring to have a high income economy within the next ten years.

September 24, 2014

In the face of Climate Change, we need to widen the scope of our vision together, from our own homes here in Australia, to look at the problems our world is facing on a global scale. The challenges are many, and we have yet to forge a clear pathway of solutions together. Our world and our environment is a single organism: it is the very foundation of our being. And yet, how could we not take good notice of the changes affecting our nearest neighbours?

In the face of Climate Change, we need to widen the scope of our vision together, from our own homes here in Australia, to look at the problems our world is facing on a global scale. The challenges are many, and we have yet to forge a clear pathway of solutions together. Our world and our environment is a single organism: it is the very foundation of our being. And yet, how could we not take good notice of the changes affecting our nearest neighbours?

September 18, 2014

Making sense of contemporary political figures is no easy matter. Not only is there a great amount of historical sources to be digested but the nearness in time does not always allow an 
objective evaluation. In the case of Sir Seewoosagur 
Ramgoolam, we have to add the dimension of the political and 
statesman who dominated the Mauritian political scene for nearly half a century. A career of such breadth and length could only leave materials for diverging interpretations.

Making sense of contemporary political figures is no easy matter. Not only is there a great amount of historical sources to be digested but the nearness in time does not always allow an 
objective evaluation. In the case of Sir Seewoosagur 
Ramgoolam, we have to add the dimension of the political and 
statesman who dominated the Mauritian political scene for nearly half a century. A career of such breadth and length could only leave materials for diverging interpretations.

September 12, 2014

One week ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, the three tenors of Westminster (Prime Minister and Conservative leader David Cameron, Coalition partner and Liberal leader Nick Clegg, Opposition leader Ed Miliband) and former PM Gordon Brown have been to Edinburgh to canvass the Scots to vote against  the separation of their country from the Union (England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland).

One week ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, the three tenors of Westminster (Prime Minister and Conservative leader David Cameron, Coalition partner and Liberal leader Nick Clegg, Opposition leader Ed Miliband) and former PM Gordon Brown have been to Edinburgh to canvass the Scots to vote against  the separation of their country from the Union (England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland). They are impressing upon the people of that northern part of the United Kingdom that they are better off staying as British subjects rather than opting for Scottish citizenship.

September 2, 2014

It’s now been one week we’re on the ground in Apia and have been heavily involved in the conference on numerous levels whether in the Steering or drafting committee or delivering speeches addressing the community.

It’s now been one week we’re on the ground in Apia and have been heavily involved in the conference on numerous levels whether in the Steering or drafting committee or delivering speeches addressing the community. This is a tipping point for our organisation as we share our campaigns with others and is being approached to create symbiotic partnerships with other Civil Society Organisations, and possible partnerships with United Nation (UN) agencies, and others in the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

août 28, 2014

The decapitation of James Foley has made headlines everywhere. So have the killings of the “collaborators” of Zionists in Gaza and the “traitors” to the cause of the Islamic State of Iraq. Our minds may be numbed by the horror but we still have to ask a few pertinent questions after the tension gets time to settle down.

The decapitation of James Foley has made headlines everywhere. So have the killings of the “collaborators” of Zionists in Gaza and the “traitors” to the cause of the Islamic State of Iraq. Our minds may be numbed by the horror but we still have to ask a few pertinent questions after the tension gets time to settle down.

août 27, 2014

2014 is the International Year of SIDS, which will celebrate the contributions that SIDS have made to the world and will help raise awareness of the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States happening in Apia, Samoa.

2014 is the International Year of SIDS, which will celebrate the contributions that SIDS have made to the world and will help raise awareness of the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States happening in Apia, Samoa.

août 11, 2014

THE NESC should be congratulated for the publication of its recent report entitled “Management of Water Resources’ and for bringing the water issue back to the surface for debate.  Or, should I rather say to attention since debating national issues seems to be far remote from the agenda of the current political class.

THE NESC should be congratulated for the publication of its recent report entitled “Management of Water Resources’ and for bringing the water issue back to the surface for debate.  Or, should I rather say to attention since debating national issues seems to be far remote from the agenda of the current political class.
Discussing the water issue in Mauritius, the NESC states:

juillet 25, 2014

You too, can participate in the fight against climate change, in a profitable manner. Through carefully planned energy conservation and efficiency measures at home itself, it is possible to achieve handsome monetary savings. Let us see how you may get yourself a free refrigerator.

You too, can participate in the fight against climate change, in a profitable manner. Through carefully planned energy conservation and efficiency measures at home itself, it is possible to achieve handsome monetary savings. Let us see how you may get yourself a free refrigerator.
Combating Climate Change

juin 24, 2014

There is now, definitely, a greater sense of awareness about climate change. Especially at the local level, following the tragic flash floods of 30 March 2014 in Port Louis. However, the sense of urgency is not apparent. Let us see why it is absolutely urgent to accelerate climate change measures.

There is now, definitely, a greater sense of awareness about climate change. Especially at the local level, following the tragic flash floods of 30 March 2014 in Port Louis. However, the sense of urgency is not apparent. Let us see why it is absolutely urgent to accelerate climate change measures.

Increasing level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere  

juin 8, 2014

A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to research and develop a marine economic model in Mauritius that will help the country better manage its coastal and ocean resources, most specially the island’s dwindling fishing industry.

A graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to research and develop a marine economic model in Mauritius that will help the country better manage its coastal and ocean resources, most specially the island’s dwindling fishing industry.
Jessica Lukasik, who graduated from the academy in New London, Connecticut on May 21, will enroll as a master’s degree student at the University of Mauritius, in the Faculty of Social Studies and Humanities by Research program.

juin 3, 2014

The World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5, since 1972.  It is the most important event organised by the United Nations to sensitize populations worldwide, about the necessity to protect the environment of our planet. The situation has been deteriorating, and is becoming dramatic for many regions, especially in the developing world – some countries will soon be wiped off the surface of the earth.

The World Environment Day is celebrated every year on June 5, since 1972.  It is the most important event organised by the United Nations to sensitize populations worldwide, about the necessity to protect the environment of our planet. The situation has been deteriorating, and is becoming dramatic for many regions, especially in the developing world – some countries will soon be wiped off the surface of the earth.

mai 27, 2014

The Oil Crisis of 1973 triggered, particularly in the United States and Canada, energy conservation and energy saving programmes that were unknown before. And never to be matched thereafter. Energy efficiency, that is, getting more output with same energy input, spread along since then with world-wide technological evolution.

The Oil Crisis of 1973 triggered, particularly in the United States and Canada, energy conservation and energy saving programmes that were unknown before. And never to be matched thereafter.

March 14, 2014

This year we are celebrating the International year for Island biodiversity together with the holding of the SIDS summit in Samoa. Can the Samoa meeting make a difference for SIDS or will it be simply another talk shop? This is the big question.

This year we are celebrating the International year for Island biodiversity together with the holding of the SIDS summit in Samoa. Can the Samoa meeting make a difference for SIDS or will it be simply another talk shop? This is the big question.  When we talk about SIDS, we are referring here to 600 million people, nearly 1/10 of the actual population, whose existence and life are becoming dangerous by the doings of other powerful industrial nations. Since the Barbados summit, there have been no serious commitments despite the pledges made by some of these powerful nations.

January 16, 2014

Democratic governments all over the world have acknowledged the importance of Public Administration. With the passage of time, we have realized that no government can exist without a strong Public administration to implement its policies.

Democratic governments all over the world have acknowledged the importance of Public Administration. With the passage of time, we have realized that no government can exist without a strong Public administration to implement its policies.