In front of the Mahebourg Fishing post in Mauritius , founder of the pilot community based project Mr Kheswar along with his partner gave us information on how to conserve wetlands along the coast in a sustainable manner, by giving us an insight on their very own project idea.
What is the Barachois? It is a wetland referred to by the Mauritians as a Barachois.
The 3 years project is funded by the japanesse who showed a keen interest in the initiative, the founders are still awaiting permission from the government to begin. The project is about rehabilitating the area, by doing activities such as Mariculture of fish , prawns and other, restoration of the mangroves, to set up education and eco-tourism projects in collaboration with the community , the project is aimed also on creating jobs for the local community .
Emphasis was made by the founder, that the sea is not only there for extraction and that we must all stand together to find ways to use the resources available to us in a sustainable way. His Drive to protect and conserve started when he was with his friend on the beach witnessing a mother preventing her child from going into the sea because of the pollution found on the beach, he then decided that he would do as much as possible throughout his life to make sure what is in the sea and along it, is well taken care of.
His passion really motivated us to bring forward ideas and find ways to achieve the same goal in our home country Seychelles. We then took a stroll along the areas where the project is supposed to take place. The area was full of mangroves, there were two abandoned houses which the project leaders aim on making use of by renovating and giving it a purpose. The project is based on NO-TAKE activities where nothing will be taken from the Barachois.
In conclusion, we were amazed by the different things one can do to improve the environment around us. I realised that the way forward is to work together on project such as these; it was nice to see other people in the world ready to take up their own time and money to endorse the Blue Economy.
Written by Nathalie Young