Zwazo magazine goes in search of ‘Green Economy’


27-August-2012

The cover of the latest Zwazo magazineIn the just concluded Rio+20 summit for Sustainable Development the concept was accepted as an ‘an important tool’ to deliver sustainable growth.

But what is the ‘green economy’ and how can it be achieved? A special issue of Zwazo magazine puts the spotlight on this idea.

The ‘Green Economy’ is described as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. It is seen as a new engine of growth, a generator of decent jobs, and a vital strategy for the elimination of poverty. 

Heavily criticised post-Rio by some 400 organisations who see the concept as furthering, "corporate stranglehold of the world’s resources," the ‘Green Economy’ can nevertheless help direct incremental steps that deliver the Triple Bottom Line of People, Profits and Planet, Dr Nirmal Shah says in the editorial.

Zwazo authors describe some of these steps. In "What about the Vulnerable People in Seychelles?"
Dr Martin Varley shows that social inclusion can be achieved by providing the vulnerable in society with viable livelihoods options that help them get jobs and get back into mainstream society. He uses Nature Seychelles' nature therapy projects to illustrate this.

From the region, Tess Shellard writes about a health, environment and livelihoods project that is helping the people of Andavadoaka, south west Madagascar solve environmental problems.

Buildings in the Seychelles can reduce the overall amount of energy they require with a more intelligent design at the core, Dominic Rassool writes in "Totally Tropical: Green Buildings for Seychelles are Possible.

Seychelles is now making efforts to reduce its overall energy consumption and to move on to more renewable sources of energy. Andrew Jean Louis tells us about the "Use it well, Live well" energy saving campaign currently under way, which is coupled with ongoing changes in policy to encourage use of renewables.

In "A piece of the Sun" Tim Kirkpatrick explains that it is easy and cost-effective to make use of one of the renewables available to us: solar energy.

Small islands face challenges ranging from climate change to overfishing and coastal development in their "blue" economies. Nirmal Shah describes how creative solutions can help solve some of these problems, while Georgia French tells us about a project that is looking at balancing coastal development and biodiversity in Seychelles.

With the arrival of the fibre optic cable and faster internet in Seychelles, businesses and individuals are set to make more use of technology. But what happens to our e-waste? It's time to think about that, says Raju McKenzie.

A knowledge-sharing hub for Africa, the Green Africa Directory, could provide access to solutions being implemented elsewhere. Kate Berrisford talks about creating a green networking hub.

The magazine also covers Nature Seychelles’ own efforts in promoting the Green and Blue Economy. This issue of Zwazo is free for download at http://natureseychelles.org

Contributed by Nature Seychelles

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