A training workshop on Greenhouse Gas Inventory, organized at the initiative of the Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management, held at Hennessy Hotel, Ebène, in Mauritius.
Present at the opening ceremony, the Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management, Mr Jayeshwur Raj Dayal, stated that the Republic of Mauritius as a signatory of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has the obligation to submit, on a regular basis, National Communications to provide information on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) inventories, measures to mitigate and facilitate adaptation to climate change and any other information that is considered relevant to the achievement of the objective of the Convention.
He recalled that in accordance with the requirements of the UNFCCC, the Republic of Mauritius submitted its Initial National Communication (INC) in April 1999 and the Second National Communication (SNC) in 2010. It is now preparing its Third National Communication (TNC) which is expected to be submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat in December 2016 for COP 22. The Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management, which is the UNFCCC National Focal Point, is leading the process.
Various Ministries, Parastatal Bodies, private sectors, academia, civil society organizations and NGOs are participating in the different technical working groups TWGs, established within the framework of the TNC, and contributing towards the preparation of the report.
According to Mr Dayal, one of the main components of the TNC report is a chapter on GHG Inventory. This provides valuable information on GHG emissions and sinks (carbon sequestration) for the development of strategies and policies for emissions reductions and in the tracking of the progress of policies that have been put in place to reduce GHG emission and enhance GHG sinks.
Despite contributing to only around 1% of total global greenhouse gases emissions, Small Island Developing States like Mauritius are ironically the ones that are disproportionately affected by climate change, stressed the Minister. The Government, he added, has adopted a multi-pronged approach to address the impacts of climate change and enhance the resilience of the population.
The Minister underlined that various major projects are currently being implemented but his Ministry is coming with additional measures for adaptation to climate change, namely the provision of Rs 3.5 billion to cater for optimal water resources harnessing, storage, supply and drastic reduction in losses; establishment of a National Renewal Energy Agency, and a Land Drainage Management Authority, amongst others.