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Rio+20 is all about the protection of our enviroment and citizen rights to protect and enjoy their environment and heritage not just because it is 'good' but because the logic of systematically destroying our environment is on the verge of cleaning planet Earth thoroughly (including getting rid of humanity and life as we know it).

Letter to
Government of Mauritius (Prime Minister Dr. the Hon Navinchandra Ramgoolam)
Prime Minister Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam,

Greetings,

I just signed the following petition addressed to: Prime Minister Dr. the Hon Navinchandra Ramgoolam.

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In the context of the present Rio+20 Earth Summit, an historic opportunity to define pathways to a sustainable future worldwide and that everybody will carry consequences of the political decisions made there,

We, the people of Mauritius, urge you, Prime Minister Dr the Hon Navinchandra Ramgoolam, to demonstrate leadership by reconciling the acts to the promises being delivered by the Mauritian delagation comprising of the Hon Minister of the Environment at the very moment in the Rio Summit. Namely: Meeting the challenges of protecting "fragile coastal biodiversity (fish, corals, sea cucumber) and ecosystems (wetlands, mangroves, and coral reefs) ...increasingly threatened by unstainablepractices." "..urban expansion, unplanned construction, land reclamation and clearing, tourism development... having negative impacts on the coastal zone." [1]


Rio+20 is all about the protection of our enviroment and citizen rights to protect and enjoy their environment and heritage. This is the way it is not arbitrarily just because it is 'good' but because the logic of systematically destroying our environment is on the verge of cleaning planet Earth thoroughly (including getting rid of humanity and life as we know it).

What an example it would be for the large countries to be able to take an example from Mauritius how despite being such a tiny rock without natural resources we manage to integrate the development still respecting the right of every citizen to protect their collective heritage to future generation. Respecting the fine and subtle yet powerful and critical relationship between all the links of the envrionment chain that include and not limited to lagoons, wetlands, corals, reproduction sites for migratory species would be the inspiration and beacon for all countries drifting amidst a sea of climate change, demographic and economic crisis challenges.


The present unsustainable development on Cap-Malheureux Wetlands, in front of Gris-Gris beach -home for the reproduction of sea turtles and Mer Rouge Estuary bird Sanctuary does not go in that direction and , we the people of Mauritius, are presently sending this petition open letter making appeal to the same light that had triggered the saving of the Valley of Ferney in 2005, to restart the land survey and evaluation that were overlooked in the initial evaluation of the Ministry of Environment and consequently stop the present development of a commercial zone on the buffer zone of a Wetland in Cap-Malheureux and relocate it elsewhere. Instead, we have the pleasure to inform you that the Mare de la Cocoteraie is the only Wetland of the Northen Region and hence urge you to proclaim this region as the Fourth Ramsar site, the first three being the only 3 remaining wetlands of Mauritius: Blue Bay Marine Park, Pointe d'Esny Wetland and Rivulet Terre Rouge Estuary Bird Sanctuary.


In the same line, act firmly against the promoters of Gris-Gris that are threatening the fragile ecosystem of Gris-Gris with unconsiderate development as well as the hijack public domain by restricting access of Mauritians to the 'Roche qui Pleure' Natural spot.

That the management tool for regulating large scale development in the coastal zone is already in effect also include small scale development in all coastal areas of Mauritius because numerous constructions of say less that 5 ha is enough to take its toll on the environment and biodiversity.

That coastal areas development be protected by EIA licence/PER approval as well as the Building and Land Use Permit
requirements take into consideration the provisions of the Planning and Policy Guidelines as well as the
Outline Schemes on setbacks, plot coverage and development density of coastal development. Also that the whole process be made independent - The people still cannot understand how the backfilling on the buffer zone of a Wetland or even on a coastal area do not require an EIA?

That examplary action be taken as advocated by the Hon Minister of Fisheries on the radio today concerning pollution of Wetland in the Ramsar site Rivulet Terre Rouge Estuary Bird Sanctuary at Mer Rouge by an alledged industrial pollution actually under investigation by the Albion research center. And that such tests become proactive and subject to continuous ongoing monitoring in contrast to investigations after thousands of fishes are found dead and threatening the entire food chain including migratory birds. And that justice be seen to be done.

As equal partners in making the 'Maurice Ile Durable' vision a reality, we the people, demand an opportunity to have our concerns above heard by the present petition to shape our collective future in peace, justice and liberty.

We challenge you to show Mauritius's delagation commitment to the Rio +20 summit by action and leadership by example, namely:


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Sincerely,

[Your name]

[1] Mauritius Environment Outlook Report, http://www.gov.mu/portal/goc/menv/files/MEO/Mauritius%20Environment%20Outlook%20Report.pdf - Pg 94, 104