Improving the livelihood and welfare of artisanal fishermen and other coastal communities

The Project
This is the first major project undertaken by the Association and funded by the European Union within the framework of the Small Window Programme of the Decentralised Cooperation Programme (DCP) of the Ministry of Finance to the tune of    10 000€.  The village communities were involved in the implementation of most of the activities with the support of various Ministries and Institutions.  The Project was carried out between October 2008 and November 2009.

Main achievements

One hectare at Bassin Léon at the North entrance of Le Morne Village, planted with about 10000 mangrove plants.  A sign board has been fixed at the site.
  • Some 75 school children of Std. IV, V and VI of the Le Morne village school were sensitized on various aspects of sustainable development issues such as climate change, energy, waste management, natural resources, coastal zone management as well as other extra-curriculum activities organized to enhance the interest of the children in education. Some 50 books on science and environmental matters were donated to the School library.
  • A Nature Corner within the School compound established. The Nature Corner comprises several indigenous and endemic plants, fruit trees, medicinal, decorative, aromatic and vegetable plants. A sign board has been fixed at the entrance of the site.
  • Sensitisation campaigns on sustainable development and on issues of concern to women, youth, the elderly and fishers were organised.
  • Several information materials developed including 11 posters on ADD and sustainable development issues, a flyer on mangrove, a video film on the Project as well as a series of photographs on relevant aspects of the Project activities.

The in-kind contribution by ADD and the various partners is estimated to well over 10 times the allocated funds, excluding the long-term socio-economic (carbon sequestration) and environmental benefits of the mangrove plantation and other sensitisation activities.

Partnership

A unique feature of the Programme was the considerable number of Ministries, Government Departments, parastatal bodies, NGOs and the private sector who were involved in the Project. Specialists were called upon and they contributed graciously. A few include the Ministries of Health, of Youth, of Cooperatives, of Education and the Mauritius Institute of Education, Meteorological Services, Forestry Department, AREU, Albion Fisheries Research Centre and BAI.


In-kind Contribution of ADD

The in-kind contribution of ADD and various partners is estimated to be well over 10 times the allocated funds from the Project. This estimate excludes long-term socio-economic, carbon sequestration and environmental benefits of several of the activities including mangrove plantation and sensitisation activities.