Individual Paper: Appropriation and exploitation of ecosystem services
A case-study on the culture of beach grabbing in Mauritius
Mauritius is Small Island Developing State (SIDS), which is trying to promote itself as ‘Maurice Ile Durable’ (Sustainable Mauritius). The island of Mauritius with about 1.2 million of inhabitants currently receives about the same number of international tourists per year. Indeed, the tourism sector plays a key role in the economic growth of Mauritius. Over the last few years, successive governments in Mauritius have been promoting the expansion of resorts and property development schemes to be sold to foreigners as a strategy to further boost up the tourism industry. However, during the last few years the country is also experiencing a sharp rise in community movements against resorts and property developers. The resorts and property developers are being accused of beach grabbing for the appropriation and exploitation of ecosystem resources and services. This paper presents a discourse analysis of the main findings from eleven key informants/five different community organisations who are involved in the movements against the growing beach grabbing culture in Mauritius. Based on the findings, this paper also considers the role of green social work in promoting sustainable development in Mauritius.
Start time: 11:30
Track: Degrowth: Culture, Power and Change