Mauritius
This project has raised my standard of living and reinforced my general knowledge. I have learned about various methods of propagation and horticulture. It has also given me information in other aspects of the environment.
Elie Farla
Beneficiary and Restoration Labourer
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Country Programme Snapshot

Start Date 1995
# of Projects 163
Total Grant Amount US$ 5,358,996
Total cash Co-Financing US$ 8,141,639
Total In-Kind Co-Financing US$ 4,667,137

Country Portfolio by Area of Work

Biodiversity
Chemicals
Climate Change Mitigation
Community Based Adaptation
International Waters
Land Degradation
Global Publications
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The proliferation of harmful chemicals is a growing concern for human health and well-being and the global environment.During its 6th replenishment period (July 2014 to June 2018; GEF-6), GEF continues to play a catalytic role in leveraging budgetary resources to support elimination and reduction of harmful chemicals and waste.The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) is the special window of the GEF providing financial and technical support to communities and civil society organizations for addressing global environmental challenges, while also promoting poverty reduction and sustainable development. In the chemicals and waste focal area, SGP focuses its support to communities at the forefront of chemical threats either as users or consumers, including women and indigenous peoples.As of April 2017, SGP has supported 565 projects with an investment of more than $16 million in GEF grant funding, leveraging more than $18 million in co-financing from multiple sources. SGP’s chemicals and waste portfolio has focused on:  solid waste management to avoid open burning of waste;  pesticide management in agriculture and organic farming; • reduction of chemicals usage and contamination (such as PCB) in small-scale businesses;   capacity development, awareness raising and knowledge sharing.

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Examples of Successful Projects
Sustainable Reef Fisheries Development in the Rodrigues Lagoon
Sustainable Reef Fisheries Development in the Rodrigues Lagoon

Goal: Creation of no-take marine zones via dialogue and policy measures
Main Activities: Data collection, marine biodiversity surveys, training and sensitization of the fisher community to win their support and commitment towards the creation of marine reserves where they would not be able to fish.
Key Results: Discovery of new endemic fishes and corals; successful policy dialogue; 4 marine reserves proclaimed by the Rodrigues Regional Assembly; Winner of the 2006 AGFUND Prize.

 
Biogas Production for the Ecological and Economic Treatment of Cattle Waste

Goal: Decrease GHG, produce biogas energy for cooking while improving livelihood
Main Activities: Construction of biogas digesters, capacity development
Key Results: 7117.5 m3 of CO2 equivalent avoided per year. Produce 10 m3 of rich organic fertilizer per day. Beneficiaries save $40 a month from the purchase of liquefied petroleum

 
Sustainable Agricultural Technologies

Goal: Reduce usage of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that affect the fragile lagoonal waters of the Indian ocean; address sustainable land management.
Main Activities: building capacity and sharing knowledge in the area of composting as well as developing community wide composting programs over the whole island.
Key Results: Reduced use of chemical fertilizers by approximately 75% thereby reducing pollution and run-offs to the lagoons and waterways, enabled access to cheaper fertilizers Generated additional income activities in collecting and maintaining compost; Rotary composters won the 2009 African Union Commission Award for Women Researchers

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Country Impact

Policy and Discovery:

  • Several projects have had significant policy influence on government actions.

  • New endemic species of fish and corals have been discovered and one of the world's most threatened parrots has been saved from extinction and downgraded from the IUCN List of Critically Endangered species in 2007.

Recognition:

  • Grantees have won 17 awards in recognition of their SGP funded projects, 6 of which are prestigious international ones, including the 2001 Whitley Foundation Award, the 2003 Energy Globe Award and the 2006 AGFUND Prize.
Awards
October 2013 - Island Bright Spot Award as part of the 2013 Solution Search

The receiver of this national Award is grantee partner " Grand Sable Women Planters’, Farmers’ and Entrepreneurs’ Association" that has implemented SGP funded project MAR/SIDS-CBA/Yr2/13/04

June 2013 - Green Africa Award

Association Pour L’Education des Enfants Defavorisés  (APEDED) is the receiver of this international Award under category Highly Commendable Award – African Women for Change, for their SGP funded project on “Solar Powered Herbal Tea Manufacturing Unit for vulnerable women in Mauritius”.

December 2013 - Barclays Colors of Life Award, in the category “Fight against social ills”

The receiver of this national Award is SGP grantee partner "Service d’Accompagnement, de Formation, d’Integration et de Rehabilitation de l’Enfant" that has implemented project  MAR/SGP/OP5/Yr2/CORE/CH/13/06

December 2013 - Barclays Colors of Life Award, in the category “Environment”

The recepient of this national Award is SGP grantee partner "Mauritius Marine Conservation Society" that has implemented project MAR/SGP/OP5/CORE/BD/12/03

December 2013 - Barclays Colors of Life Award, in the category “Education & Training

The receiver of this national Award is SGP grantee partner "Maison Rurale Familiale du Nord" that has implemented SGP funded project MAR/SGP/OP4/YR2/RAF/08/04

August 2014 - Public Service Excellence Award (PSEA) 2013

The receiver of this National Award is SGP grantee partner Association Kinouete in collaboration with Mauritius Prison Service for GEF SGP funded project MAR/SGP/OP5/YR3/CORE/CC/14/06 .

August 2013 - Emerging Exporters Gold Award" for the export of herbal and medicinal teas

SGP grantee APEDED has received the "Emerging Exporters Gold Award" (for the export of herbal and medicinal teas) for the first Mauritius Exporters’ Awards organised by  Enterprise Mauritius on 22 August 2013. Enterprise Mauritius (EM), the national Trade Promotion Organisation of the Republic of Mauritius, is entrusted with the responsibility of connecting Mauritius to the world markets by aggressively promoting and facilitating exports from Mauritius. Mrs. Poorun, president of APEDED says “I sincerely thank the GEFSGP- UNDP. Without your support, this would not have been possible.”

2016 - Indianapolis Prize

Prof. Carl Jones, founder member of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation is the receiver of 2016 Indianapolis Prize. "I know of no other conservationist who has directly saved so many species from extinction." said Dr Simon N Stuart, chairman of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). 

The GEF SGP is proud to have supported projects  MAR/SGP/OP5/CORE/BD/12/05 that have been implemented by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.

2015 - Gender and Climate Change Award

SGP grantee partner Association Pour L’Education des Enfants Defavorisés (APEDED) is the receiver of this national Award.

Association Pour L’Education des Enfants Defavorisés (APEDED) has implemented the GEFG SGP funded project MAR/SGP/OP5/YR2/CORE/CC/12/01

2009 - Jeune Chambre International (JCI) Best Environmental Project Award to JCI Port Louis

Won by Project “ Sensation Nature- Promoting Eco Tourism through the marking of selected nature trails”

Mauritius is renowned for its endless white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons and golden sun. Yet the island holds further less known natural treasures that can be enjoyed by its residents and tourists.

2009 - African Union Commission Award for Women Researchers

GEF SGP Consultant, Professor Romeela Mohee from the University of Mauritius won the prize in the Basic Science, Technology and Innovation Sector for her research on waste management practices. Dr. Mohee's research 'has resulted in the development of low cost-engineering solutions for the benefit of the society." These low-cost engineering solutions refer to rotary composters that Prof. Romeela Mohee has developed in GEF SGP funded projects in Mauritius and Rodrigues Island.

2008 - National NGO Award

Won by: SGP Pilot Project for Rehabilitation of Marine Resources of the Persian Gulf in Salakh Region

"Most Outstanding NGO Award" in the field of Environment organised by the Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS), Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Senior Citizens Welfare and Reform Institutions. 5th December 2008 - EPCO won the 1st prize for the National NGO Award 2008 in the field of ENVIRONMENT, organised by the Mauritius Council of Social Service (MACOSS), Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity and Senior Citizens Welfare and Reform Institutions. Award Attributed on International Volunteers Day.

2007 - Distinguished Service Rendered to the Farming Community Award

The award was given to Pamela Bapoo-Dundoo, National Coordinator GEF SGP Mauritius by the Mauritius Agricultural Marketing Cooperative Federation Ltd.

2006 - Second Best Exhibition of the 2006 World Environment Day activities

Won by SGP grantee "National Federation of Young Farmers' Club" for its project on "Rotary Composters"

This project aims at demonstrating the feasibility of making organic compost and its application to growing vegetables. It will imply composting locally available wastes using relatively simple technologies to produce high quality composts.

2006 - National Productivity and Competitiveness Council Award

The National Productivity and Competitiveness Council gave the award to the Small Grants Programme for sponsoring and organizing the prestigious National Innovators Award.

2006 - National Innovators Award silver

The National Productivity and Competitiveness Council gave the Silver National Innovators Award to Dr. Romeela Mohee for her innovation on rotary composter which she innovated in one GEF-SGP project.

2006 - Certificate of Recognition by the Minister of Environment

The Minister of Environment awarded the Small Grants Programme for the exhibition during the 2006 World Environment Day activities.

2006 - Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations-AGFUND Prize

Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations-AGFUND Prize – The Award was given to Shoals Rodrigues Association for the GEF SGP project Sustainable Reef Fisheries Development in the Rodrigues Lagoon, which aims to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks in the Rodrigues lagoon and reef habitats.

2003 - World Environment Day, Special Jury Prize

SGP grantee: Community Development Programme Agency won the prize for a project to develop and organize a comprehensive training course for Community Leaders over six months.

2003 - World Environment Day, 2nd Best Community Project

Amis de Chamarel, an SGP grantee won this award for the Project "Community Tourism & Organic farming at Chamarel". Chamarel is a small agricultural village situated in the mountainous region south west of Mauritius. Though access is quite difficult by car, Chamarel is well known for its coloured earth and historical aspects related to slavery, and green tourism.

2003 - Energy Globe Award

SGP grantee Association des Hoteliers et Restaurateurs de L'Ile Maurice won the Air Category of the Energy Globe Award for their project to set up an Environment Charter for the Tourism industry in Mauritius.

2002 - Shell Live WIRE Best Business Plan Award

SGP grantee Friends of Wildlife Rodrigues won the award for its efforts to help conserve Rodriguan plant biodiversity. The Friends of Wildlife Rodrigues (FWR) is a local Rodriguan NGO, established in late 2001 that aims to help conserve Rodriguan plant biodiversity, by providing native plants for sale.

2001 - Whitley Award for International Nature Conservation

Won by Mauritian Wildlife Foundation

Winner of the 2001 Whitley Foundation Award: cash prize 25,000 English Pounds and trophy The aim of the project is to prevent the over-exploitation and possible extinction of a wide range of useful plant species that are endemic to Rodrigues.

2001 - Jeune Chambre International World Award for Best Community Project in 2001

Won by Jeune Chambre Economique of Quatre Bornes

This project aims at the cultivation of indigenous/endemic medicinal plants at Britannia Government School. It is a project which involves the community for the children of Britannia Government School as well as the villagers.

2001 - Jeune Chambre Africa Region Award for Best Community Project

Won by Jeune Chambre Economique of Quatre Bornes

This project aims at the cultivation of indigenous/endemic medicinal plants at Britannia Government School. It is a project which involves the community for the children of Britannia Government School as well as the villagers.

2000 - Mauritius Council of Social Service International Volunteer Day Most Outstanding NGO Award

Won by Jeune Chambre Economique of Port Louis

The aim is to build environmental among Community Leaders throughout Mauritius and Rodrigues. The targeted population would be local leaders of social clubs, environmental NGOs, Community Centres, Social Welfare Centres and Citizens Advice Bureaus.

2014 - Barclays Colours of Life Award - in the category “Environment Protection”

The receiver of this national Award is SGP grantee partner "Shoals Rodrigues" that has implemented SGP funded project MAR/SGP/OP5/Yr2/CORE/BD/13/07

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