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2019 concludes a decade of exceptional heat, retreating ice and record sea level rise*****UN Climate Conference (COP 25) Spain 2 to 13 December ******Climate change - a bleak future for oceans and frozen regions (IPCC) *****ADD completes successfully Sandwatch activities at Blue Bay and La Prairie******Carbon dioxide levels reach historic highs at 415.26 parts per million*******Neutral  ENSO present and expected until March 2020*****The past five years have been the warmest years in the modern record, and 18 of the 19 warmest years have occurred since 2000*****Progress in implementing the development strategies (Barbados, Mauritius,Samoa) for SIDS, the climate change barometer, have been slow





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mangroveMangrove - Protecting our coasts for posterity

Mangrove forest covered large swathe of the coastal strip of Mauritius. In 1773 Bernardin de St Pierre, the author of the famous Paul et Virginie novel set in Mauritius, observed mangrove near Poste La Fayette. In Mauritius, mangrove is often translated as ‘manglier’ rather than 'palétuvier' but botanically, manglier is different from coastal mangrove.   

An eco-village approach to development
An eco-village is seen as a ‘human-scale full-featured settlement in which human activities are harmlessly integrated into the natural world in a way that is supportive of healthy human development, and can be successfully continued into the indefinite future and incorporating multiple centres of initiatives’.

At a time when Mauritius is urbanising rapidly, how far is it practicable to adopt such an eco-village approach to sustainable development?

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