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Mauritius International Meeting High Level Side Event - Islands, Reefs & Communities: Committing to the Future

Date: 10-14 January, 2005
Location: Port Louis, Mauritius
Hosts: Governments of Seychelles & the United Kingdom Co-sponsored by: ICRI, WWF, TNC, ICRAN, RARE

'Islands, Reefs and Communities: Committing to the Future' was a side event held at the Mauritius International Meeting to Review the Implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. It saw the President of the Seychelles and the Vice-President of Palau calling for a Global Island Partnership; in essence, this highly successful High Level Islands Event formed the foundation for GLISPA. Significant commitments, both financial and political, were made by both country delegates and NGO representatives.

This was the 1st highly successful Islands High Level Event, which became the foundation for GLISPA.

Highlights:
  • Three country conservation commitments
  • More than US$20million pledged
  • Presidents of Palau and Seychelles call for a Global Island Partnership

Commitments:
  1. Belize - comprehensive National Protected Areas Policy and System Plan by 2005
  2. Bahamas - development of a network of fully protected Marine Reserves
  3. Fiji - 30% inshore & offshore marine areas in MPA network by 2020
  4. TNC - US$2 million for Early Action Grants for MPA networks in island states
  5. RARE/TNC - US$3 million for social marketing campaigns
  6. France - 9 million Euros for reef conservation (2005-2007) - IFRECOR & CRISP
  7. Australia - AU$500,000 to support freshwater management on islands

Speeches delivered by:
Statements also made by:
  • Hon. John Briceño, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources of Belize
  • Len Good, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Environment Facility

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