Switch Africa Green Programme: 1.2 million Euros awarded to Mauritius Tourism Authority
The second phase of the Switch Africa Green Programme was launched last week and in this context, a grant of nearly EUR 1.2 million was awarded to the Mauritius Tourism Authority (MTA) by the European Union (EU). This grant will help the MTA implement the project 'Improving sustainable tourism in Mauritius through greening the value chain of tour operators'. The objective is to support tour operators to adopt sustainable, innovative and smart actions to improve the sustainability of their business.
Mr. Anil Gayan, minister of Tourism, Mr. Etienne Sinatambou, minister of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, and Mrs Marjaana Sall, the Ambassador of the European Union to Mauritius, were present at the event.
Minister Sinatambou pointed out that Mauritius is vulnerable to factors such as natural disasters and climate change. He firmly believes that a change to sustainable lifestyle is essential to be able to achieve sustainable development and to contribute significantly to reduce the effects of climate change.
Minister Gayan highlighted the imperative need for decision-makers to protect the environment. He pointed out that Government aims at projecting the country as a green and clean destination. He added that various initiatives are being spearheaded to foster sustainability.
The Ambassador of the EU underlined that the tourism sector has greatly contibuted to the economic growth of the country. She stated that Mauritius needs to tackle the global challenges with regards to the environment and sustainable development changes. She added that sustainable development, the environment and climate change issues are at the core of the EU's external relations.
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