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François Sarano: “Biological diversity is essential to our world”

François Sarano: “Biological diversity is essential to our world”

The French scientist and diver, Francois Sarano, who was a close collaborator with Captain Jacques-Yves Cousteau for many years, considers biological diversity just as important as cultural diversity. photos : aldo ferruci | véronique et françois sarano | pascal kobeh | shutterstock | eugène vitry Serge Morelli, AXA Assistance’s CEO What memories do you have…

Gradual degradation of our environment

Gradual degradation of our environment

After just over four hundred years of human settlement, Mauritius is today confronted with growing environmental issues that have contributed to the gradual degradation of its coastal and marine biodiversity. photos : reef conservation | deeneshen sabapathee | coi françois rogers | mmcs | rachel de spéville Globally, pollution and the impact of development represent…

Hugues Vitry: “Aquaculture needs to be properly thought through”

Hugues Vitry: “Aquaculture needs to be properly thought through”

Hugues Vitry developed a love of diving during his childhood in Souillac on Mauritius’ South Coast and eventually it became his profession. Never tiring of exploring the world beneath the waves, he now cautions against the projected exploitation of Mauritian waters outside the lagoon for aquaculture. photos : hugues vitry | marc fermon “We know…

Concerted approach to protecting sea turtles

Concerted approach to protecting sea turtles

The private sector, NGOs and the Mauritian government have joined together to protect the sea turtles that frequently appear on the island’s South Coast. For some time now, those running Rogers’, ENL’s, Omnicane’s, Currimjee Jeewanjee’s and HSBC’s social responsibility programmes have been working with government organisations, especially the Albion Fisheries Research Centre and the Ministry…

Seabird translocation

Seabird translocation

Seabirds are considered to be bioindicators as study of their feeding habits enables scientists to determine the state of health of marine ecosystems and changes to them. According to the Birdlife Global Seabird Programme, they face numerous threats including from predators and poaching in their nesting sites, overfishing, marine pollution and climate change. This year,…

Joël de Rosnay: “Mauritius’ sustainability strategy has won international respect”

Joël de Rosnay: “Mauritius’ sustainability strategy has won international respect”

Joël de Rosnay, Adviser to the Prime Minister on the Maurice Ile Durable (MID) project. photos : bruno lévy | françois rogers | deeneshen sabapathee The French scientist and science writer, Joël de Rosnay, is in fact of Mauritian origin. In his opinion, the sustainable island concept is far from being an environmental fantasy. For…

Walking the talk

Walking the talk

A large number of policies, laws, rules and regulations have been drawn up to ensure a cleaner, healthier and more productive natural environment for Mauritius. However, the problem seems to reside in the gaps and inconsistencies in legislation, dispersed institutional responsibilities and skills, and inadequate application in relation to what is at stake both now…

Pamela Bapoo-Dundoo: “We need to adopt an environmental economics approach”

Pamela Bapoo-Dundoo: “We need to adopt an environmental economics approach”

Pamela Bapoo-Dundoo, who has been the National Co-ordinator for the GEF SGP programme for the last seventeen years, recommends looking at the economic arguments in determining the value of natural resources. photos : deeneshen sabapathee | mmcs | gef sgp Funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme…

Voluntary conservation efforts

Voluntary conservation efforts

The NGO, Reef Conservation, has been working for the protection of Mauritius’ marine environmentsince 2004 through research, restoration projects, education and training. Since 2009, it has been involved in setting up voluntary marine conservation areas.The project’s main objective is to encourage coastal communities to be daily stewards, guardians and managers to ensure sustainable use of…

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