The University of Mauritius and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, is jointly hosting the first international conference on waste management in developing countries and transient economies from September 5 to 7.
The minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, Rajesh Jeetah and minister of Local Government and Outer Islands Hervé Aimée were the special guests at the opening ceremony held at the Intercontinental Hotel, Balaclava, on Monday.
The event brings together experts, scientists and researchers from around 15 countries. The aim is to disseminate latest research findings and action plans and discuss solutions for waste management issues.
Jeetah said it was important to manage solid waste to protect public health and minimise the negative impact of waste disposal on the environment.
“The sole efforts of the government to tackle solid waste management issues are insufficient to protect the environment. We need the participation and co-operation of various parties to ensure the success of this campaign,” said Jeetah.
The amount of solid waste generated over the world continues to rise due to growing population and development. However, only less than five per cent of the waste is being recycled. Based on statistics from the Ministry of Local Government, over 1,100 tonnes of waste is produced daily and is disposed at the Mare Chicose landfill.
Aimée stressed that municipal and district councils face daunting challenges with regards to waste management and disposal.
“The conference is one step ahead for countries that are on the quest of sustainability,” he said.
A site visit will be organised on Thursday at the Mare Chicose sanitary landfill and the first National Composting Plant at La Chaumière.