Slippery Slope: Ecology, Economics and Social Impact of the Mauritius Oil Spill

ALU Community engages experts on the impacts of the Mauritius oil spill. 

Mauritius, recently experienced an ecological accident when the shipping vessel MV Wakashio hit a coral reef offshore, south of the island, on 25th July, 2020. The vessel broke and spilt an estimated 1,000 tonnes of oil into the ocean. On 17 September 2020, we hosted a webinar session to discuss the ecology, economics and social impact of the Mauritius oil spill. The line up of speakers included:

Olivier Tyack

Olivier was recently coordinating an EU-funded project on the sustainable development of the Indian Ocean Islands within the Indian Ocean Commission. He was also representative for Mauritius-Rodrigues and Seychelles at the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) from 2018 to 2020 and has worked with other international organizations including the IUCN and UNESCO.

Jacqueline Sauzier

Jacqueline is President of the Mauritius Marine Conservation Society (MMCS). She is also the General Secretary of the Mauritius Chamber of Agriculture, and the representative for the  Indian Ocean and Africa at the Earth Island Institute. She has a history of working in the environmental services industry with NGOs and businesses in areas of policy analysis and sustainable development.

Dr. Vikash Tataya

Vikash is the Conservation Director and Assistant Treasurer of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), with over 20 years of experience in conservation. He represents the MWF on international and national conservation and environmental consultations, the latest being the Wakasio wreck and oil spill. He has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals, co-authored several books, and has won many national and international awards for his work including the Global Conservation Award 2018.

You can watch the recording of the session below.

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