Two days before our trip was over, we visited the Mauritius Board Of Investment (who`s name is changing to Economic Development Board). Their vision is to promote the economic sectors of Mauritius and strategize and advice the government laws and amendments. When I found out we were going there, I kept wondering, ``What does this have to do with the blue economy? `` I discovered that the projects they have includes the ocean/blue economy. For example pumping sea water to cool buildings and afterwards the same water could be used for pharmaceutical purposes.
Later on, we had the chance to visit the University of Mauritius where we had presentations on mostly the protection of marine life. There were multiple discussions amongst the marine science students as well as lecturers (who were conducting the presentations) and the audience, consisting of us, the interns, and other students of the University.bbñnnnnnnnnnnn
One surprising fact I learnt that stuck to mind is that approximately only 5% of our ocean has been explored! Yes, I was aware that it was vast but I never expected it to be like this! Knowing that there are a large number of species yet to be discovered, is just one more reason of why we should protect our oceans.
Overall, both the visits were fruitful and the internship programme overall has broaden my knowledge on the Blue Economy and everything in relation to it. It was surely a wonderful experience where I`ve met people from different organisations both in Seychelles and Mauritius as well as made new friends with whom memories were shared.
This whole experience has made me see everything from a new perspective and I feel honoured to have been selected amongst the many who applied. It was surely an unforgettable experience.
Here`s to my final goodbye,