Ecosis seeks to improve the challenging conditions of Port Louis development with the creation of a new governance model based on 4P: Public, Private, and People Partnership and the development of the Port Louis City Alliance. The 4P approach is based on multi-stakeholder inclusiveness and engagement, involving partners in the decision-making and problem-solving processes, and implementing projects together. The Port Louis City Alliance will be governed by its own constitution, and each stakeholder sector will have its own leadership group (public sector leadership group, private sector leadership group, and civil society/NGOs leadership group). Because partners already have on-the-ground contacts and projects which will help bring together expertise in sustainable urban planning and development, green buildings, and partnership brokering, the leadership groups will ultimately draft the Alliances constitution. By joining the various partners, Ecosis will bring the leverage necessary for successful advocacy of the 4P model.
The success of the 4P and ultimately the success of future development in the city depends upon the positive responses of the various stakeholders. Ecosis and its partners will carry out various forms of advocacy work, from one-on-one meetings to workshops. The first objective is to find champions in the different stakeholders groups. The champions will then carry out further advocacy efforts with other organizations within their sectors, culminating in the creation of the leadership groups- public sector, private sector, and civil society. Finally, Ecosis representatives will work together with the leadership groups to form the Port Louis City Alliance. This will require agreement on its objectives, structure, and constitution. The greatest challenge will be the acceptance of the model by all stakeholder groups.
The first phase of the project will ensure the onboarding of stakeholders. This will be done with one-on-one meetings expected to complete by December 31, 2015, and workshops with each stakeholders group to be completed by March 15, 2016. Through the workshops and one-on-one meetings, Ecosis and its partners will be able to identify champions from each sector.
The second deliverable will be the creation of the leadership groups. After the identification of the champions, there will be a meeting with them to develop a strategy and action plan for the creation of leadership groups. Ecosis aims for the leadership groups to be finalized by June 30, 2016.
The final deliverable will be the creation of the Port Louis City Alliance. Different workshops will be held, starting with all stakeholders by July 31, 2016 and following with the leadership groups in August 2016. This will be followed by the preparation of the Alliances constitution by September 15, 2016. The reviewing and approval of the constitution process is planned to be completed by November 30, 2016. Finally, the Port Louis City Alliance is expected to launch by December 31, 2016.
Mauritius capital, Port Louis, is the countrys economic, cultural, and political center and accommodates the islands only port. With a population of over 150,000, 86 percent of the citys 4,621 hectares is developed, while the remainder is steep, mountainside land. Like many coastal cities of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Port Louis is vulnerable to a range of climate change impacts including sea level rise, land erosion and submersion, the intensification of storms, droughts, and flash floods that particularly endanger people living in vulnerable areas with inadequate infrastructure.
The city faces significant challenges to furthering its development, including unsuitable infrastructure, land shortages, lack of security, informal settlements, precarious housing, high traffic congestion, lack of green space, and a loss of historic buildings. Many current and previous efforts to further develop and improve the city have been public, private, or public/private partnership, but the majority of these projects are either stalled at the design or implementation stage, or have simply been shelved. Historically, there has been a lack of multi-stakeholder consultation and engagement in projects, and the absence of collaboration between the different sectors often causes projects to fail or to be abandoned.
Moreover, the public sector is often seen as fragmented, making developmental shortfalls more visible and implementation more difficult due to policymaking inaction. There has been a lack of continuity on some long-term projects due to the mayors single-year office term and efforts are often duplicated due to change in the political landscape and the loss of institutional knowledge.