About The Institute
The Institute is a non-profit making organisation
It was registered with the Registrar of Associations on
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Projects and Research
The Web Site
The very first project of the Institute was to have this web site which
has been on line since January 1998 and is updated as often as required. In
all probability, it was one of the very first websites on the environment of
The Composting of Organic Wastes
For the past few years, we have been carrying out several experiments on the composting of domestic organic wastes. We have published a small leaflet (in French) on home composting and we have been engaged in raising awareness about this technique. Composting is a very important technique for the reduction of the domestic waste stream, but above all, doing so provides a cheap source of plant nutrients ideal for gardens or vegetable plots.
The Institute has begun an Endemic Plant Garden. Local endemic species are planted in view of participating in an effort to propagate such plants.
Integrated Coastal Zone Management Committee
In September 2003, Government set up an Integrated Coastal Zone Management Committee pursuant to provisions in the Environment Protection Act 2002. This committee though mainly composed of representatives from different ministries also has representatives from six environmental organisations. Currently the IELS sits on this committee.
We have collaborated with Ecosud, Art Jonction to object successfully to the proposed construction of a hotel in the Blue bay Marine Park. Government subsequently rejected the Environmental Impact Assessment report for the hotel project. Such a move on behalf of Government is quite unprecedented for it is very rare for "development" projects to be refused on purely environmental grounds. The promoters have gone to the Environment Appeal Tribunal to have the Government decision overturned by the Tribunal. After a lengthy hearing, the promoters voluntarily withdrew their appeal.
We participated with Ecosud and Art Jonction to the 2001 World Environment Day in
Since 2002 we have collaborated with PowerShift, an informal group of concerned citizens led by Mrs Jocelyn Minerve, on the inter-related issues of energy, the environment and the economy. This collaboration has resulted in the organisation of forums on these issues in 2006 and 2007. For the 2005 general elections, Powershift published a position paper in French: VOTER : FAIRE UN CHOIX ECLAIRE, COMPRENDRE LES VERITABLES ENJEUX ET VOIR LES PERSPECTIVES GLOBALES DANS UNE ECONOMIE MONDIALISEE (30 Juin 2005) Jocelyn Minerve
Another World is Possible Committee
As from 2007, we have participated in a joint committee called « Un autre Monde est Possible » that regroups a number of local organisations such as : Rev Lib (étudiants de l’Université de Maurice), Fédération of Progressive Unions, Rezistans ek Alternativ, Fédération des Travailleurs Unis, FreeIT.Org, General Workers Federation, Mouvement Premier Mai, Collectif Pour Un Combat Unitaire, Comité Diocésain du Monde Ouvrier, Ligue Ouvrière d’Action Catholique, Rodrigues Workers Federation, PowerShift,
The committee organised a People’s Forum on the Food and Energy security of Mauritius on the 30th of August and on the 13th of September 2008. Our Presentation (word document). The proceedings of the Forum can be found here.
March Against the “La Chaumiere” incinerator project
On the 24th of May 2009, a march organised by a number of environmental and grassroots organisations was held at La Chaumière where the proposed incinerator is to be built. Click here for a report of the march.
10/10/10 event in
101010 Event in Mauritius (10th of October 2010)
The Plateforme Maurice Lanvironnement (PML)
On the 9th of March 2010, an informal consortium of local environmental organisations and individuals launched:
or in French:
“La Charte Maurice Environnement”
This informal group has named itself: “Plateforme Maurice Lanvironnement” (PML)
All like minded individuals or organisations are invited to sign this Charter. Please click here for further information. The PML acts as forum for discussions about the environment and publishes its views in the newspapers. It has also participated in the Maurices Iles Durables process.
We also made a presentation on energy issues to members of the PML on the 24th of February 2011 in Rose Hill
Maurice Iles Durables (MID)
During the months of June and July 2011 we participated in the different working groups of the MID process. We had representatives on the energy and environment working groups. Government recently published the proceedings of the different working groups which can be found here: www.gov.mu/portal/sites/mid/document.htm
The MID process ought to culminate in a white paper or an action plan to be published in 2012.
Studies on Tourism in Mauritius
The Institute has been carrying out a number of studies on the dynamics of tourism in Mauritius.
Presentations, publications and studies on energy and the environment
(1) Energie, Environnement et Economie (Trés bréve presentation faite à une organisation féminine le 11 juillet 2005 sur les problèmes énergetiques mondiaux)
(6) Presentation faites par M. K. Jaufeerally, M. V. Juwaheer et M. Y Pitchen le 6 Octobre 2007 au Plaza – Theme: Notre civilisation durant le 21eme siècle: Quelles Perspectives? Lien: presentation PowerPoint 252 K
(7) Livret sur les enjeux pétroliers mondiaux – Juillet 2009
Press Articles / Interviews
From time to time, the Institute publishes articles in the local press on environmental and energy issues.
"La seule alternative qui nous reste c'est de changer notre mode de vie, d'économiser nos ressources en arrêtant d'adorer le veau d'or de la croissance" Article paru dans Week-End | 15 janvier, 2012
Incinération, Recyclage et Compostage de déchets – Lettre Ouverte aux Mauriciens Octobre 2009
(a) Jack Carlsen and Karim Jaufeerally, An analysis of Tourism Trends in Mauritius, Tourism and Economic Development, Case studies from the Indian Ocean region, Ashgate 2003
(b) Jack Carlsen and Karim Jaufeerally, An analysis of Tourism Trends in Mauritius 1979 to 1998, Current Issues in Tourism, Volume 6, No 3, 2003
( c) Thierry Simon, Karim Jaufeerally, Des littoraux sous contraintes, L’Ile Maurice face à ses nouveaux défis, Université de la Réunion, L’Harmattan, 2008
(d) Karim Jaufeerally, l’économie mauricienne face à l’enjeu pétrolier, L’Ile Maurice face à ses nouveaux défis, Université de la Réunion, L’Harmattan, 2008
Since its inception the IELS has endeavoured to
collect as much publications as possible on
Mini – Symposium & Forums
On two occasions the IELS and PowerShift organised mini-symposia on energy issues and oil depletion. The first symposium was held at Hotel Le Labourdonnais on the 26th of August 2006. The proceedings were conducted in French.
The second symposium was held on
the 1st of June 2007 at l’Alliance Française in
Collaboration with the Centre for Alternative Research and Studies
On Economic, Social And Environmental Issues - Bois Cheri Rd, Moka, Republic of Mauritius - Tel: +230-4336431, Email email@example.com
We participated with CARES on a number of seminars on environmental and economic issues
(1) A one day seminar on “What Alternative Economic Model for Mauritius” organised by the Centre for Alternative Research and Studies (CARES) and Confederation Syndicale de Gauche (CSG) - 5th of October 2011 - Foyer Fiat, Petite Riviere. Our presentation on alternatives to our present economic system
(2) ONE DAY SEMINAR - Thursday 24th
November 2011 - Gold Leaf Hotel,
The ecological dimensions of the global crisis affecting 21st Century
(3) Residential Summer University organized by the Centre for Alternative Research and Studies (CARES)– December 2011 – Riambel - Our presentation was about the “Multi-dimensional Global Crises, Financial, Economic, Food and Ecological”
Last update: 3rd of December 2013
Date on the web: January 1998