Mr Ramalingum Maistry, Chairman of the Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA), represented Mauritius and Port Louis Harbour(PLH)
at the biennial 15th World Conference Cities and Ports “Crossovers” event organised by the “Association Internationale Villes Ports” (AIVP) in Rotterdam, Netherlands from 5-7 Ocotpber 2016.
The Chairman of the MPA, Mr Ramalingum Maistry, gave a compelling and warmly-welcomed exposé to delegates from across the globe on how the MPA has embarked on a process of transforming PLH into a green port and highlighted its contribution to mitigate the effects of climate change in Mauritius.
The vulnerability of Mauritius as a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) to climate change was established by the United Nations (UN) about 25 years ago at the Earth Summit in Brazil in 1992. Mauritius is currently ranked 7th on the list of countries that are most exposed to natural hazards according to the World Risk Report 2016 published by the UN. Despite only contributing to about 0.015% of global Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission, Mauritius, and by extension PLH, is vulnerable to a number of weather related risks which include high swells, rising sea levels, storm surge and flooding. Besides the infrastructural damage caused by these natural disasters, PLH was brought to a grinding halt for 21 days in 2013 and for 10 days in 2014, costing the Mauritian economy approximately MUR 3.9 billion (US$ 112 million) and MUR 1.9 billion (US$ 55 million) respectively.
To mitigate the negative environmental and financial impacts of climate change on PLH, a Green Port Steering Committee has been set up under the chairmanship of Mr Ramalingum Maistry to oversee the MPA’s Green Port Project and all PLH stakeholders signed the MPA’s Port Environment Charter on World Environment day on 6 June 2015. To capitalise on the opportunity of the global platform AIVP offered, Mr Ramalingum Maistry travelled to Rotterdam, Netherlands to share the best practices the MPA is championing with port professionals across the world. Amongst these green initiatives, the MPA is the first and currently unique body among parastatal and government organisations in Mauritius that has implemented the Environmental Management System to ISO 14001 standards.
To view the presentation by Mr Ramalingum Maistry, Chairman of the MPA on climate resilience of PLH at the 15th World Conference Cities and Ports “Crossovers”, please click here.