Mauritius today officially opened a national workshop focusing on validation of the Adapt Action Programme outcomes, at La Pirogue Hotel in Flic en Flac.
Set up by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) the Adapt Action Programme, aims to help 15 vulnerable developing countries from Africa and Small Islands Developing States to achieve low-carbon and climate resilient development with a focus on adaptation to climate change.
Mauritius government noted that the programme focuses on climate change vulnerability and adaptation assessment; the formulation of the National Land Drainage Master Plan; and the elaboration of a new framework to enhance National Disaster Risk Reduction Management.
“In the wake of extreme weather events, climate-related risks to health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, human security and economic growth are projected to worsen globally in the coming years,” said Nazir Soobratty, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development.
He further underscored the urgent need for bold and concrete actions to combat climate change.
“We need to build resilience, reduce our vulnerability and strengthen our capacity in terms of disaster risk reduction and management, and more importantly as a Small Island Developing State, our priority remains adaption,” he said.
Soobratty also highlighted the government’s proactive stance and indicated that two percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), roughly $285 Million, is reserved annually for environment and climate change related actions.