WOMEN'S FORUM MAURITIUS 2016

Meeting the climate challenge for SIDS and Africa
20-21 JUNE 2016 Republic of Mauritius
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Women's Forum Mauritius 2016

Meeting the climate challenge for SIDS and Africa

20-21 June 2016

 

Since achieving Independence on 12 March 1968, Mauritius has gradually moved from a mono-crop agricultural economy to a more diversified one with financial services playing a lead role in the development effort and strategy.  Indeed, the sustained growth of the financial services sector over the past two decades has successfully positioned the Island as a hub in the region.

Being a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), Mauritius has to ensure a development process that is sustainable and at the same time, safeguards the country’s precious biodiversity. The largest challenge that all African countries, including the SIDS, now face is to achieve rapid innovation towards green energy and sustainable food security in an era of continued climate disruption.

The Women’s Forum Mauritius takes up the innovation challenge for Island States and Africa during a high-level two-day meeting for scientists, policymakers, and business leaders. With the support and collaboration of H.E. Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius,  and a renowned biodiversity expert, the Forum will showcase Mauritius’s remarkably rich natural flora and fauna, while undermoving why it is a global biodiversity hotspot today. Drawing on international speakers and experiences, participants will debate climate and health solutions; climate, agriculture, and biodiversity best practices; sustainable energy for Small Island Developing States (SIDS); how to advance innovation in agriculture, health and land use; improving the participation of women and youth in scientific and technological training; and processes for frugal green innovations with value-added for SIDS economies.

Women’s leadership, vision, and ingenuity are essential if we were to better protect the world’s biodiversity and advance climate action. The Women’s Forum Mauritius will feature women who are at the forefront of the climate and biodiversity movements, bringing them together with their men counterparts in a unique meeting that will build capacity and empower those who attend.

 

On the agenda of the Women’s Forum Mauritius:

 

Climate and health: Challenges, opportunities, ways forward

Climate disruption will mean more malaria, fatal heat waves, poor water quality, and damaging air pollutants, to name a few of the many health impacts. How can these threats be turned into opportunities to strengthen health systems? What are the health and non-health based interventions to address and even improve public health in these conditions? 

Climate, agriculture, biodiversity: Challenges, opportunities, ways forward

The effects of climate change on ocean and tropical island land ecosystems, what these will mean for biodiversity efforts and food production, and how to advance a sustainable agriculture, including aquaculture, which incorporates biodiversity as the underpinning of SIDS food security?

Climate and energy: Challenges, opportunities, ways forward

The vision and practical next steps to bootstrap SIDS renewable energy potential in wind, waves and solar, and reach the millions who do not have electricity and who rely on wood or biomass to cook and heat their homes. It can be done!

Sci tech breakthroughs for biodiversity, agriculture, health, and energy

These presentations will introduce participants to cutting-edge scientific and technological innovations that address agriculture, health and energy from biodiversity and climate angles.

Frugal GREEN innovation

Examples of products that are affordable for the bottom of the pyramid, while being ecosystem-responsible from the supply chain to end use. And strategies for promoting such innovation locally and nationally.

Bringing more women and youth into the innovation movement

How to do this for SIDS populations – for STEM and ICT – in ways that promote cultures of research, innovation and entrepreneurship?

 

 About the Republic of Mauritius

Since achieving independence on 12 March 1968, Mauritius has gradually moved from a mono-crop agricultural economy to a more diversified one with financial services playing a lead role in the development effort and strategy. Indeed, the sustained growth of the financial services sector over the past two decades has successfully positioned the Island as a hub in the region.

 

Being a Small Island Developing State (SIDS), Mauritius has to ensure a development process that is sustainable and at the same time, safeguards the country’s precious biodiversity. The largest challenge that all African countries, including the SIDS, now face is to achieve rapid innovation towards green energy and sustainable food security in an era of continued climate disruption.

 

Click here for the press review

 

Madame Figaro - Les îles, sentinelles du climat

Forbes Afrique - Women's Forum pour l'Economie et la Société

Le Parisien - Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, présidente de l'île Maurice

Le Mauricien - "C'est la femme mauricienne qui sera au coeur de ce forum"

NewsPress - Avec 41 Etats, la Région Réunion très présente au Women's Forum à Maurice

Jeune Afrique - Les femmes se mobilisent contre le dérèglement climatique en Afrique

Le Mauricien - Women's Forum: "L'avenir s'annonce plutôt sombre pour Maurice" selon la présidente

Le Figaro - Nicolas Hulot explore toutes les hypothèses pour 2017

L'Express Maurice - Ameenah Gurib-Fakim lors du Women's Forum: "Soyons des faiseurs"

Le Mauricien - Ameenah Gurib-Fakim: "Une démonstration que Maurice n'est pas qu'une destination touristique"

Le Mauricien - Portrait Devianee Puttee Choolhun: "Les femmes ont su prouver leur polyvalence"

L'Economiste Maroc - COP22: "L'urgence pour les Etats insulaires"

Le Mauricien - "La prise de conscience sur le changement climatique gagne du terrain"

Le Mauricien - Aisha Oyebode: "Fatiguée de cette violence à l'égard des femmes et des filles"

Forbes Afrique - Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, une femme aux commandes


 

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