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Mohammad Khalil Elahee

A Research Group was initiated in 2008 at the University of Mauritius to undertake studies related to Maurice Ile Durable or MID. The latter refers to the achievement of a model in terms of sustainability for the Republic of Mauritius, an export-dependent and tourism-based insular economy, vulnerable to both climate change and disruption in importation including that of fossil fuel and food. More than 30 academic staff from all Faculties of the University of Mauritius worked in a multi-disciplinary manner to produce preliminary reports addressing the following themes: MID Concept Definition; Institutional Framework; Participative Democracy; Sustainable Energy; Ecotourism; Transport and Land Use; Health and Environment; Sustainable Agriculture; Culture; and Standards, Indicators and Dashboard. A methodology was defined towards turning the MID vision into reality. Without being comprehensive and prescriptive, the findings pointed to the sequence of events in view of ensuring a systemic or holistic approach: a) Calling of a national consultation forum on MID; b) Finalising the shared vision, mission, priorities, strategies and action plan; c) Setting up of the relevant institutional framework within a loi-cadre; d) Continuous monitoring, feedback and communication on the MID progress. Also, the studies emphasised the following urgent needs: Responding to immediate areas of concern with respect to energy, waste, transport, new buildings and cane industry in order to ensure that MID compliance is not overlooked; Responding to the needs of the population, particularly vulnerable groups as a condition for participative democracy; Sustaining MID in its initial stage through education, training, sensitization and communication campaigns; Combating consumerism and debt through the promotion of sustainable living; Introduction of standards, indicators and dashboard for MID as part of the MID action plan.