Our leaders recently denied a request for Greenpeace’s vessel – the Rainbow Warrior - to access Port Louis harbour during its tour of the Indian Ocean. Are they justified? Let us examine the objections reported to have come from Government House to find out. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Dr Mu on October 3, 2012
Posted by Dr Mu on October 20, 2011
But not according to Prime Minister Ramgoolam. To him, the new commercial centre represents another reason for holiday-makers to visit our shores: shopping tourism. We do not share his optimism.
So who will come shopping here? Wealthy Europeans? Why should they when they can have a much greater choice and better prices at Dubai airport, transit hub for Emirates? Travellers not only enjoy one of the world’s top ten airlines (far surpassing Air Mauritius which doesn’t even provide first class seats), they also benefit from being picked up closer to home from regional airports. What about the nouveau riche from South East Asia? Well, they are spoilt for choice with 2 duty free shopping islands in Malaysia (not to mention its world class shopping centres in Kuala Lumpur) and the superb Singapore airport right on their doorstep.
So, globally speaking, Bagatelle is a thing of little importance. Except for Mauritians, to whom it represents another step closer to European living standards. As long as you have a car. However, the MID working groups, criticised the development of out-of-town shopping centres as contradictory to the principles of sustainability for the following reasons: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Dr Mu on September 18, 2011
In the Caribbean, researchers have finally proven that a disease that has wiped out nearly 90% of crucial elk horn coral is caused by sewage leaking from septic tanks. While in Mauritius, a visiting specialist has sounded the alarm that we are pumping carcinogens into the Balaclava marine park.
Posted by Dr Mu on May 2, 2011
The morning after the May Day holiday, Mon Choisy public beach was once again looking like a rubbish dump. For how much longer will we treat our most precious resources as if they are valueless? And why do the political parties, which brought hundreds of their members to the beach yesterday, not set a better example?
Posted by Dr Mu on February 5, 2011
It is good news indeed that Mauritius is proposing to add a third site to the Ramsar list of wetlands of international importance. We agree the lagoon at Pointe d’Esny is well worth protecting. The problem is that protection is not something that we are particularly good at. Blue Bay Marine Park has been on the Ramsar list since 2008, however UNDP and ECOSUD recognise that the regulations are not being enforced. The other “Marine Park” at Balaclava has hardly being protected at all since it was declared in 2000.
When in its pristine condition, the whole of the Mauritian coast would have qualified to go on the Ramsar list. Not just the lagoons but the inland wetlands that protected them as well. If you ever wondered why the waters of Grand Baie are so cloudy ask a long time inhabitant. Just a few decades ago the bay was crystal clear, full of coral, lobster and fish. Then development started, the wetlands were backfilled and storm drains installed to replace them. Heavy rains washed soil straight into the bay and we can see the result. We have lost so much that it is not only vital to protect the little that remains, we owe it to future generations to restore the damage that was done in the past and that continues today.
Pointe d’Esny is a step in the right direction, but there is still a long, long way to go…