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16Mar

Detainees participate in Tree Planting exercise

A tree planting exercise was held this morning from Wootun roundabout to that of Providence by detainees from several prisons in the context of the programme “A Decade for Greening, Embellishing Mauritius, Africa and Planet Earth”. Around 500 trees have been planted.

This exercise was held this morning in the presence of the Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development, and Disaster and Beach Management, Mr Raj Dayal, the Acting Commissioner of Prisons, Mr J. Rungadoo, and other eminent personalities.
The Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development and Disaster and Beach Management under the “Cleaner, Greener and Safer” Mauritius Programme has embarked on this campaign with the collaboration of several stakeholders. The project consists in embellishing Mauritius by planting endemic, decorative and fruit trees, as well as flowers and medicinal plants throughout the country over the coming years.

The project also falls under the “Pay Back Mauritius” scheme of the Mauritius Prison Service whereby detainees are engaged in meaningful and worthwhile projects that establish or help to maintain community assets and services and thereby act to enhance community life.

Minister Dayal pointed out that the island wide massive tree planting initiative will help to mitigate and adapt to the negative impacts of climate change by increasing our carbon sinks. Since the country is a tourist destination, this campaign will significantly increase the country’s green cover and beautify the landscape for locals and visitors enjoyment. It will also create habitats and biodiversity corridor, he said.

He announced that the ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security will soon set up a plant nursery over 10 acres with more than 32 endemic plants. The objective is to allow the public to have easier access to a wide variety of plants and flowers.

For his part, the Acting Commissioner of Prisons said that the tree planting project gives a new image of the prison department to the public, an institution not only for safekeeping and development of detainees but also one that is sensitive and responsive to the immediate concerns of the community.

In the same context, the Mauritius Prison Service through the deployment of detainees contributed to the upliftment of La Prairie Public Beach and a tree planting campaign at La Citadelle, sponsored by the GEF Small Grants Programme, in collaboration with Friends of Environment, and Holcim (Mauritius) Ltd who embarked on a “Tree Planting” project at La Citadelle in the context of the 20th anniversary of the GEF SGP in the Republic of Mauritius and 2015 World Biodiversity Day.

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