MAURITIUS Country Implementation Plan

With a view to catalysing the implementation of Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) atnational level and enhancing the integration of SCP at the regional level, the European Union developed the SWITCH Africa Green (SAG) Programme. This programme is implemented by UNEP, UNOPS and UNDP in 6 pilot African countries including Mauritius. This Country Inception Report details the findings of the policy support component for the Republic of Mauritius, including Rodrigues, with regard to the identified priority sectors namely: Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Tourism, with Energy, Water, Eco Innovation, Eco Labelling and Sustainable Trade as crosscutting issues.

 The current business environment, challenges and opportunities, policy recommendations and country projects have been derived from desk research, consultations with key stakeholders and cluster group meetings followed by consultative and validation workshops. The study shows that the 3 priority sectors for Mauritius and Rodrigues are all vulnerable and present serious challenges for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). This situation will remain unchanged, unless a combination of policy, legal and regulatory changes creates the enabling conditions for entrepreneurs to compete sustainably.

The main cross-cutting issues which require attention are eco-innovation, sustainable trade and eco-labelling followed by water and energy. The gaps result from support institution weaknesses, weak supply chain power of MSMEs, and
deficiencies leading to an inability to tap emerging markets for sustainable products.

The policy recommendations and country projects identified show that owing to the small size,vulnerability and isolation of an island economy, a high level of inter and intra sectorial linkages is required to achieve sustainability. This requirement is particularly critical for Rodrigues, which, as an outer small island, is very vulnerable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  KENYA: Green Economy Strategy Implementation Plan (GESIP)

The Green Economy Strategy is geared towards enabling Kenya to attain a higher economic growth rate consistent with the Vision 2030, which firmly embeds the principles of sustainable development in the overall national growth strategy. This strategy builds on the achievements realised during the implementation of the first Medium Term Plan (MTP I 2008-2012) and on-going implementation of MTP II (2013-2017) for Vision 2030. The policy framework for Green Economy (GE) is designed to support a globally competitive low carbon development path through promoting economic resilience and resource efficiency, sustainable management of natural resources, development of sustainable infrastructure and providing support for social inclusion.

Formulation of the Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP) was spearheaded by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, through an inter-agency steering committee chaired by the Principal Secretary. The Committee comprised of experts representing key government sectors, civil society and development partners. The planning process underwent four phases, namely: inception, stakeholder engagement at national and county levels, technical review and validation. The inception phase started in January 2014 and was informed by the Green Economy (GE) assessment study (UNEP 2014), which also identified the opportunities, challenges, and risks towards transitioning to a GE.


The GESIP macro policy framework identifies enabling conditions necessary for a rapid transition to GE, namely: maintaining macroeconomic stability for green growth; human development and capacity building;
prioritization of GE implementation within the devolved government system; governance and sustainable structural transformation; sustainable financing; reduction in cost of doing business; establishing a framework
for extractive industries; sustainable trade regime through exploring market opportunities associated with the transition to a Green Economy; and creation of green, decent jobs. The proposed policy mix is aimed at aligning national policies towards supporting and accelerating the process of greening the economy by addressing vulnerability to shocks.

 

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