It has been one of the busiest years of our life here at ELIA; so many new opportunities opened up this year for sharing our skills and vision. Our work this year expanded to Southern and Eastern Africa (Kenya, Namibia), the Arab States (Sudan and Syria) and the Small Island States (Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, and Zanzibar) through Climate Change projects, Dynamical Systems modelling in collaboration with our partners, and implementation of the Mauritius Strategy (a regional project of the Indian Ocean Commission). We have also been engaging with the private sector for sustainability. We have done the Sustainability Reporting using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework for a leading company in the cane industry in Mauritius. We were also involved with carrying out studies on Green Investment and the Green Economy with the Millennium Institute. Our contribution extended to green job creation in 12 countries, and on the development of a green corridor based on REDD+ in Kalimantan, Indonesia.
We developed the technical proposal for the EU-funded regional (Eastern and Southern Africa and Indian Ocean Region) programme for the Implementation of the SIDS Mauritius Strategy for the winning Europe-based consortium MWH-UNITAR-ETC in 2011. The programme started in August 2011, and ELIA has been retained by MWH to provide technical advisory/backstopping services to ISIDSMS. We have also developed a PIF for a GEF wind farm project in Sudan. A similar project formulation came to a halt in Syria due to political unrests.
Early 2011 we started our Eco-Literacy Program with 18 secondary schools across the Island in Mauritius, in collaboration with Bureau de l’Education Catholique. This has been one of the most rewarding and stimulating experiences for us at ELIA. We really acknowledge all the amazing teachers and rectors who welcomed this program with open arms.
Our Inner Growth Training Programs have expanded with many new clients committed to being the change that our world needs today. It is encouraging to see how many people are committed to their personal development, not just for their benefits, but also to be able to contribute in a positive way to our society and future.
On the research front, we have submitted a research proposal for funding consideration by the Mauritius Research Council (MRC). The proposal is to use System Dynamics modelling to propose a new architecture for developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for Mauritius in the broader context of leveraging novel international financing for climate change mitigation. Our preliminary feedback from MRC shows that the proposal has been peer-reviewed and found to be technically sound. We trust to start this research project in 2012.
We look forward to 2012 and welcome your feedback and ideas.
From the ELIA team we wish you all a very happy X-Mas and New Year.