Climate Compatible Development: Legal Implications in the Coastal Zone and Inclusive Development for Mauritius
- *Corresponding Author:
- Roshan T Ramessur
Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Science
University of Mauritius, Reduit
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E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: October 04, 2013; Accepted Date: November 26, 2013; Published Date: December 03, 2013
Citation: Ramessur RT, Gunputh RP, Ramessur TS (2013) Climate Compatible Development: Legal Implications in the Coastal Zone and Inclusive Development for Mauritius. J Coast Dev 16:378. doi: 10.4172/1410-5217.1000378
Copyright: © 2013 Ramessur RT, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Climate change impacts as well as coastal development affect the livelihoods of the coastal communities mainly the fishermen, agriculturalist and farmers who are highly dependent on the coastal resources to earn a living. There is at present a need to strengthen coastal zone management to cater for climate change impacts as well as to provide room for inclusive coastal development so that the main economic sector (tourism), highly dependent on coastal resources, continues to flourish but not at the cost of the livelihoods of the coastal communities. At the same time coastal resources have the characteristics of “a common good” so that property rights issues become prominent and legal implications have to be taken on board. Given the nature of the topic, the authors will deal with it from a multidisciplinary perspective, with highlights from the natural science, legal and social lenses. With facts and figures they will rely on secondary data and relevant legislations to demonstrate the importance of coastal management to foster inclusive development in the fragile economies of Small Island Development States (SIDS) with particular reference to the Mauritian case study. What shall come out of this paper shall eventually achieve public consciousness to sustainable coastal inclusive development for a better Maurice Ile Durable (MID).