The objective of the project is to mainstream the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services into coastal zone management (CZM) in the Republic of Mauritius.
Aret Kokin Nu Laplaz (AKNL)
Summary of Issues Raised:
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.
The Stakeholder Response Mechanism (SRM) has aimed to determine whether there may be a path forward for the complainants to engage more constructively in project activities that may further their interests and address their key concerns. Through email exchanges and phone calls with the complainant and the UNDP CO, SRM-HQ engagement has focused on clarifying the scope of the UNDP project and what is (and is not) within UNDP's mandate and influence; and what needs to be addressed through engaging directly with the Government of Mauritius (GoM). The SRM’s efforts have been to 1) seek responses from the UNDP CO and GoM to the complainant's questions and concerns about the project; and 2) establish a constructive (and preferably direct) dialogue between the project stakeholders.
Following a number of exchanges over several months, engagement has stalled and the SRM-HQ process is effectively closed. The SRM has notified the complainant of this and offered to continue to support the SRM process if there is still interest.
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