Mauritius reiterates commitment to combat climate change

Climate change is one of the most serious and pressing challenges of our times. It has evolved from a mere environmental issue into one which threatens the very foundation of mankind and is now affecting all aspects of the development agenda from poverty eradication to human health and from economic growth to enhanced preparedness to alleviate suffering.According to the latest World Risk Report 2017, Mauritius is ranked as the 13th country with the highest disaster risk and 7th on the list of countries most exposed to natural hazards. Hence the need, he stated, to deal with climate change which requires a multipronged approach both with regard to its understanding and implementing appropriate actions at different levels.
According to the government, Mauritius is doing its fair share to contribute to the global effort to combat climate change despite its limited resources. Mauritius has signed and ratified under the Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016, the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) which pledges for a quantified economy-wide target to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 30% by the year 2030, he recalled. The sectors for adaptation include land drainage and infrastructure, coastal zone, water, food security, health and biodiversity. For mitigation, the sectors include renewable energy, energy technologies, low emission transport, waste management, and embellishment and greening campaign for Mauritius.

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