Johannesburg, South Africa (ADV) – Mauritius on Monday held an inception workshop on United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Joint Management Area (JMA) Demonstration Project at the Voilà Hotel, in Bagatelle.
The workshop aims to introduce its participants to the UNDP-JMA Demonstration Project and enable their understanding of the setup of the JMA, review and define a logical framework, facilitate exchange of information, and encourage stakeholders to take ownership of the project.
It also aimed to enable the Project Steering Committee to review any aspect of budget allocations.
About 60 participants from Mauritius and Seychelles, including government policymakers, technocrats, members of the Joint Commission on the Extended Continental Shelf, the public and private sectors as well as regional experts from academia and Non-Governmental Organisations were part of the workshop.
The UN Permanent Representative for Mauritius and Co-Chair from Mauritius for JMA Project Steering Committee Mauritius, Ambassador Jagdish Koonjul, emphasised that the overall objective of the JMA Demonstration Project is to identify and demonstrate new management approaches and techniques concerning databases management for the Mascarene Plateau.
“New approaches bridging the gap between science and policy in the extended continental shelf will be elaborated for stakeholders from both Mauritius and Seychelles,” said Koonjul.
“In July 2008, owing to the overlapping claims of both Island States, Seychelles made an important historical resolve to delineate our extended continental shelf in the Mascarene Plateau Region jointly with the Republic of Mauritius.”
He added that this resulted Mauritius and Seychelles having a joint jurisdiction over an additional area of 396,000 sq. kilometers which is matter of great pride.
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