SARUA counts on Mauritius for its climate change Programme

The Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) has established a five year programme for Climate Change Capacity Development, to deliver on its mandate of promoting, strengthening and increasing higher education research and innovation, through expanded inter-institutional collaboration and capacity building initiatives throughout the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region.

The Higher Education Management Africa Consortium (HEMA) is coordinating the study on behalf of SARUA.

The focus is on Climate Compatible Development (CCD) which is low carbon, climate resilient development.

The concept has been developed in recognition of the urgent need for adaptation, given current climate variability and the severity of projected climate impacts that will affect the region; and the need to reduce emissions as rapidly as possible to avoid more catastrophic climate change in the future.

A consultation meeting in Mauritius organized by SARUA was held at the Rose Hill Campus of the Université des Mascareignes on 11 and 12 September 2012 in order to identify:

  • Who is doing what and where in Universities in CCD? (Research, Teaching, Community Engagement)
  • Who is doing what and where amongst stakeholder groups?
  • How does this respond to the needs and priorities?
  • What are existing University plans? What are the gaps?
  • Gaps in enabling environment, and needs for policy & practice support

About 50 participants from Public and Private sectors, Policy makers NGOs, Civil Society attended the meeting. Mr. Ragoonaden represented ADD at the meeting.

Mr Botha Kruger Director of Higher Education Management Africa (HEMA) represented SARUA. The opening ceremony was performed by Dr. Hon. Rajesh Jeetah, Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology.
Following discussion in breakaway groups, the meeting identified
  • Opportunities for collaboration among stakeholders
  • Policy implications for government, universities and donors