Colloquium on climate change Port Louis 8-10 October 2015

ADD organises a colloquium on climate change

(Municipality of Port Louis, Mauritius, 5 to 8 October 2015)

was a crucial year that marked the culmination of negotiations for the Paris Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in November/December that would enter into force in 2020. It remains the main binding instrument that will determine the socio-economic and environmental models for a low-carbon and climate-resilient society of the future.

The instrument requires governments, the private sector and funding agencies to focus investment and development alternatives in low carbon activities so that global temperature increase is capped preferably at 1.5°C. These will require adaptation or re-engineering of existing systems and re-imagining new lifestyles and production and consumption patterns as essential for sustainably protecting the atmosphere, human health and Earth’s finite resources.

2015 was also a pivotal year for sustainability as the global agreement on climate change is inextricably linked to the successful implementation of the Post-2015 Development Agenda which was adopted by the United Nations that year.

 Responsibility of Mauritius and other countries of the region
TheRepublic of Mauritiuswill be required toimplement its commitments under the Intended Nationally DeterminedContributions (INDCsandcontribute towards the effective implementation of the UN Post-2015Development Agenda.

Why the colloquium?

In preparation for the final round of negotiations and in view of the need to develop suitable strategies for the implementation of the legal instrument, the Association pour le Développement Durable (ADD) considered it essential to bring together the stakeholders to discuss the climate change evolution in Mauritius and the region and the socio-economic and environmental issues that the countries will face in the near future.

In view of the potential impacts of the Paris legal binding agreement on development alternatives, the Association pour le Développement Durable (ADD), a non-governmental organization that has the necessary expertise, organized A STAKEHOLDERS’ COLLOQUIUM from 8 to 10 October 2015 in collaboration with the public and private sectors, academic, research institutions and NGOs of the region..

The Colloquium received wide support: Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management (MOESDDBM),the Mauritius Institute of Education (MIE), the Municipal City Council of Port Louis, the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre, Aid Action, AHEAD, CLIMAGRI Ltd, Civil Society Forum(CSF)and Development Practitioners in Network(DPiN). The UNFCCC, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), The Delegation of EU in Mauritius and the French Embassy supported.

 Theme of the colloquium is: Engaging stakeholders in climate change issues
The three thematic areas :
(i)            The challenges posed by climate change and the adequacy of current and planned actions and existing mechanisms to ensure sustainability

(ii) National commitments and expectations - incorporating these in the framing of a new legal instrument
(iii) Opportunities and challenges that a new instrument may offer and strengthening mechanisms for implementation

The objectives of the colloquium were to provide a platform, at national and regional levels, and engage stakeholders in:

i)        Exchanging experience on climate change issues and identify areas that need to be addressed for long-term sustainability.

ii)      Discussing issues of concern that have to be included in the new legal framework that is expected to be adopted at the Paris Climate Change Conference (PCCC).

iii)    Proposing ways of optimising benefits from such an instrument and addressing challenges in the implementation and discuss suitable mechanisms for follow-up.

The Colloquium Topics
The programme of the Colloquium includes, but is not limited to:
1.      Climate scenarios - Implication of limiting global warming to 1.5 or 2°C
2.      Mitigation - Low carbon emission mechanisms
3.      Adaptation - Impacts and Carbon sequestration systems
4.      Economic and Funding - Costs and Benefits
5.      Institutional arrangements
6.      Cooperation among public and private sectors at national and regional levels
7.      Cooperation among Parties to the UN Climate Change Convention.

                       INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS

    1.  Call for Papers

                 2.  Programme and Topics

                3. Colloquium Statement


                       5. List of Local Participants