Policies, measures and actions on climate change and
environmental protection in the context of COVID-19 recovery.
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- Emergency measures in the short term (a few months to one year) to address concerns that have directly emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic and may include forced action.
- Socioeconomic measures in the medium term (one to a few years) with an environmental and climate focus to “build back better” from COVID-19, and usually involves planned, intentional action.
- Paradigm shifts and measures in the long term (more than a few years to a few decades) toward redesigning current socioeconomic and sociocultural systems to be sustainable and resilient.
1.Climate mitigation measures
OthersResponseRecoveryRedesignMauritania mitigation policies and measures in the Energy, IPPU, AFAT and Waste sectors Horizon 2020 -2030
In recent years, Mauritania has embarked on an ambitious programme for the development of the electricity sector, with the objectives of (i) ensuring universal access to low-cost, sustainable energy services, and (ii) make reliable and secure electricity available to economic operators. In this respect, several actions have been carried out in promoting renewable energies, as well as thru hydropower plants. A long process of consultation with relevant sectors, public institutions and the private sector was initiated before identifying relevant mitigation measures in line with the country’s economic and social development objectives and priorities. The proposed mitigation measures are aimed to contribute to the country’s efforts to fight climate change in a context of sustainable development.ReferenceSecond Biennial update report (BUR2)ContactMinistry of Environment and Sustainable Development firstname.lastname@example.org
Land sectorResponseRecoveryNational Integrated Programme for Reforestation and Sustainable Land Management
Land and forest ecosystems in arid and semi-arid areas are vital areas that provide populations with countless economic and social products and services of great value. The National Integrated Programme for Reforestation and Sustainable Land Management, aimed at achieving a unifying programme for the fight against desertification and the sustainable management of forest resources based on our country’s scientific and practical experiences in these fields. It was launched on august 3, 2020 in the Gani forest reserve in the Southern Region of Trarza of Mauritania.
The program is established for the next ten years 2020 – 2030 with a five-year action plan. It is integrated in terms of objectives and results aiming at both to fight against desertification and to strennghten the sustainable management of resources.ReferenceMinistry of Environnement and Sustainable DevelopmentContactMinistry of Environment and Sustainable Development email@example.com
Household sectorResponseRecoveryAccess to electricity and energy for clean cooking for Nouakchott.
The Nouakchott Region is committed to the Covenant of Mayors in Sub-Saharan Africa (CoM SSA). In this context, the Region has undertaken the development of an Action Plan for Accessing Sustainable Energy and Climate (PAAEDC) for the Capitale-city of Nouakchott.ContactMinistry of Environment and Sustainable Development firstname.lastname@example.org
2.Climate adaptation measures
Agr/food securityRecoveryRedesign"Taazour" Programme
Built on the Social Register, which will cover all poor and vulnerable households and will become the sole source of targeting poor and vulnerable families and persons. Taazour is involved in many areas including education, health, equipment, water, sanitation, electricity, domestic gas, veterinary care, agriculture subsidies, microcredit, housing, food and cash transfers. On june 6, 2020 in Nouakchott, the President of the Republic, Mohamed Ould Sheikh El Ghazouani, chaired the money transfer operations ceremony benefiting more than two hundred thousand poor households in 8119 localities all accross the country.
This operation, the largest in Mauritania’s history, is being carried out by the TAAZOUR General Delegation as part of the government’s response to the covid-19 crisis. This distribution of cash transfers consists of providing each beneficiary household an amount of two thousand two hundred and fifty ouguiyas (MRU 2,250) for a total amount of MRU 419,159,250.ContactMinistry of Environment and Sustainable Development email@example.com
Agr/food securityResponseRecoveryThe COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on global mobility. Indeed, many countries including Mauritania have adopted restrictions or prohibitions on the movement of people to stem the spread of the pandemic. Therefore since March 15, the Government of Mauritania has introduced progressive measures to contain the spread of the pandemic, including : (i) the closure of the country’s territorial, air and sea borders; (ii) restricting inter-regional mobility within the country; (iii) establishinng a curfew; (iv) temporarily suspension of all schoolong, training and educational courses; (v) closing all restaurants and the banning of rallies in all 12 regions of the country. To fight against the corona virus and its consequences, the Mauritanian Government activated the creation of a national social solidarity fund endowed with nearly 60 million USD from public resources and open to voluntary contributions from businesses, civil society, civil servants, individuals and Financial and Technical Partners.This fund is intended to finance actions including in particular the acquisition health equipment, drugs to boost the capacity of the health sector, to support 30,000 poor families for the remainig months of year 2020, to subsidize all taxes and customs duties on imports of wheat, oil, powdered milk, vegetables and fruits. and supporting availability and affordability of essential food items.
Mauritania’s fishing sector has committed itself to providing 10,000 tonnes of fish to help its government address the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak and strengthen food security to rural ad remote areas. The energy and water sectors also contributed by cancelling electricity and water bills for low income households and poor communities in the suburbs of Nouakchott.ContactMinistry of Environment and Sustainable Development firstname.lastname@example.org
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