Hey everyone. It’s Alvania! One of the two interns that were with Island Conservation Society (ICS) on Silhouette Island. Great news! I, along with 13 other astounding individuals successfully qualified for part 2 of the blue economy internship! Day one of our journey in Mauritius began smoothly from the 5th January.
On January 6th (day 2), as we were travelling to spot ‘blue’ economical activities in the North of the island, we came across Caudan. A developed waterfront area, with malls, restaurants, markets and a number of other various economical activities which until a few decades back was completely ocean!
In 2013, shortly after its reclamation, there was a huge flood which killed 4 people. This flood happened as there is an underground tunnel in this reclaimed area. Allegedly, this tunnel was not properly built. Could the situation have been aggravated as a result of the city litter?
Despite the plausible Mauritian perspective that the reclamation was an obstructive modification to their land, I strongly believe that such an initiative would be successful in our motherland, Seychelles and what better area than the area at the old playground in Victoria.
Such an operation seems feasible to me as the old playground is an area that us, Seychellois, have seen sustain hundreds of excited children, substantial toys and even buildings. All of which prove that the old playground can be developed. Furthermore, I find that there is currently no existing reasons as to why the area could be destroyed or threatened by floods. The only major matter that could pose a great threat to the thriving diversity is pollution. However, I strongly believe that such actions can be avoided by having colorful, attractive, practical bins outlining the end of the reclaimed area instead of having fencing. This would encourage the proper use of bins as vibrant colors would charm children that would later encourage their parents and their influential circle to do the same.
Other than that I foresee the old playground flourishing with development such as takeaways or restaurants, spaces for local businesses and social activities (cinemas, hangout places, party venues). This will also a great attraction for the tourist, particularly those coming in from the New Port on cruise ships especially on Sundays when the town is usually dormant. All of which will be of humungous benefit to our country’s economy, youth and cultural sector.