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July 14, 2011

July 13 to 15: Climate change forum at the University of Mauritius

"With a view to creating climate change awareness, all efforts are being made by my ministry to develop education for sustainability at every level."

The launch of an awareness week on climate change at the University of Mauritius, Reduit took place on Wednesday at the Auditorium Octave Wiehe. This will be held from July 13 to 15.

Present at this event was the minister of Education and Human Resources, Vasant Bunwaree, minister of Environment and Sustainable Development Deva Virahsawmy and professor Thomas Thiel Clement from the University of Applied Sciences of Hamburg, Germany. Sreeja Nair, associate fellow and area convenor of Global Environment Research was also present. “Global warming is the most urgent environmental problem the world is facing in this decade. Scientists around the world are constantly warning us that global warming poses a major threat to our future quality of life,” said Bunwaree.

According to him, in Mauritius, the key socio-economic sectors that are most likely to be affected by climate change and rising sea level are coastal resources, agriculture, water resources, fisheries, health and well-being, land use change and forestry and biodiversity.

“With a combined national effort, a lot can be done to reduce potential threats to human well-being and security. The government has already shown that sustainable development, climate change and the environment will be a major focus in the years to come,” said the minister.

He added, “With a view to creating climate change awareness, all efforts are being made by my ministry to develop education for sustainability at every level.”

Text by the Independent
 

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