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Mainstreaming Biodiversity into the Management of the Coastal Zone in the Republic of Mauritius

Issues

Biodiversity

Description: Complaint raises concerns about impacts on plant or animal species in the natural environment.

Complaints with this Issue: 127

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Consultation and disclosure

Description: Complaint raises concerns regarding inadequate or absent consultation about or disclosure of project information, including project impacts and/or mitigation plans.

Complaints with this Issue: 495

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Due diligence

Description: Complaint raises concerns about inadequate or absent prior investigation of project impacts.

Complaints with this Issue: 456

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Environmental

Description: Complaint raises concerns regarding environmental impacts that do not refer specifically to water, pollution, or biodiversity.

Complaints with this Issue: 366

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Sectors

Conservation and environmental protection

Description: Project relates to preservation or management of the natural environment, legal frameworks regarding environmental protection or pollution, and carbon sequestration or other climate change mitigation activities.

Complaints in this Sector: 61

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Land reform

Description: Project relates to development of or changes to legal frameworks regarding land tenure.

Complaints in this Sector: 27

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Description

The complaint lays out a number of grievances with the current environmental and conservation landscape in Mauritius, and alleges that UNDP-GEF's work in the country to protect Environmental Sensitive Areas is tantamount to greenwashing in light of the permits being issued by the government for construction projects along the country's coast. An excerpt from the complaint: "The latest UNDP-GEF programme is supremely ironic: over 2018 -2021, to the tune of 4.7 million US Dollars, it will aim at producing tools for better protection of coastal ESAs and ensuring Integrated Coastal Zone Management. Except that since the start of 2018, a number of new beach hotels and luxury estate projects have been approved by the Ministry of Environment in the coastal zone, with a further dozen at least under consideration. ESAs present within or adjacent to hotel project sites are being approved for destruction on a rapid and grand scale. Their existence, though explicitly identified in the 2009 ESA inventory, is barely mentioned, if not omitted in the EIA reports submitted by developers and EIA licenses subsequently issued by the Ministry. This new UNDP-GEF programme will be a total waste of money if the Government does not freeze all current EIA licenses and building permits for major developments on the coast, as there will not be much left to protect by the time this new GEF and UNDP programme will conclude. GEF and UNDP will in effect be validating the way the Government of Mauritius is managing development in coastal areas. This is tantamount to greenwashing."

Complaint Stages

Filing

March 23, 2019

Filing

Status:

Start Date: March 23, 2019

Registration

March 23, 2019 -

March 28, 2019

Registration

Status: Closed With Output

Start Date: March 23, 2019

End Date: March 28, 2019

Eligibility

March 28, 2019 -

June 7, 2019

Eligibility

Status: Closed With Output

Start Date: March 28, 2019

End Date: June 7, 2019

Dispute Resolution

Not Undertaken

Dispute Resolution

Status: Not Undertaken

Start Date: None

Compliance Review

July 15, 2019 -

Oct. 30, 2020

Compliance Review

Status: Closed With Output

Start Date: July 15, 2019

End Date: Oct. 30, 2020

Has Compliance Report: Yes

Non-Compliance Found: Yes

Monitoring

Oct. 30, 2020

Monitoring

Status: In Progress

Start Date: Oct. 30, 2020

Closed

Not Closed

Timeline