Hey everyone its Nathanielle, here with updates on day 4, well at least part of it.
We visited a national park which led to the Alexandra falls viewpoint. Parks are protected areas. The International Union for Conservation of Nature definition of protected area is: “A clearly defined geographical space, recognized, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values”.
To simplify things, national parks are large areas of public land set aside for native plants, animals and the places in which they live meaning these places is kept in their natural form. National park is home to many endemic species. They are also important landmarks to Aboriginal people, and places that show how people lived in the past. A lot of people may not realise that places such a national parks plays a great role in our culture as well as our economy. Conservation of biodiversity will keep our ecosystems healthy.
In line to what Mauritius has done in order to keep up with such concepts, it has undergone development in a sustainable way. For example, at the Alexander falls viewpoint there is a small park which leads to the view point. The area has been modernised for easier access through a wooden bridge as well as a wooden stairway .By using wood such infrastructure blends in with the environment therefore does not cause any visual pollution.
From the view point, we saw the untouched green site, a vast range of plants and the thing that caught my eye was the waterfall from afar .The water glistened in the sun. It was like looking at a 3D painting, the splendid colors and the line where the sky meets the sea compliments the mountains. Well that’s it for now. Bye