Creating awareness about Urban Planning to the community
One of the fundamental prerequisites for the achievement of sustainable development and sustainable planning is broad public and specially community participation in decision-making and involvement of all stakeholders specially the social groups and NGO’s. Furthermore, according to Agenda 21, new forms of participation have emerged and these include the need of individuals, groups and organisations to participate in decisions particularly those which potentially affect the communities in which they live and work. Individuals, groups and organisations should have access to information relevant to urban planning and development held by national authorities, including information on products and activities that have or are likely to have a significant impact on planning, and information on sustainable development. The government of Mauritius has embarked on a project called the ‘Maurice Ile Durable’ (MID) project which is a long term vision aimed at promoting sustainable development. The main aim of this project is to make Mauritius a role model of sustainable development. One of the key partners of the government in this endeavour is the University of Mauritius as one of the roles of the University is to educate the people about important issues and to encourage community development. As such, the university has to go forward and be a tool in creating awareness among the Mauritian people and to encourage community participation towards achieving sustainable development.