- Street / Area: Sebastopol Street
- City: Port Louis
- Country: Mauritius
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: @FoECitadelleRevegetation
- NGO Africa details: Agriculture, Animals, Development, Nature, Others
- Listed: November 1, 2017 3:43 pm
- Expires: 321 days, 20 hours
La Citadelle Native Re-vegetation; Situated in the heart of Port-Louis, the flanks surrounding the national landmark, Fort Adelaide, commonly known as La Citadelle, was among the early areas to be deforested after Port Louis was chosen as the capital city of Mauritius. Today, a grim sight of a degraded, largely barren landscape surrounds the Citadelle. The invasion by alien grass makes the place highly prone to bush fires that spread several times a year causing much pollution, inconvenience, and health and property hazards
A pilot project was conceived and implemented by Friends of the Environment (FoE) NGO in 2010 with the support of the GEF-SGP and UNDP to re-instate a native plant cover in an area of about 1 ha on the Southern flanks of Petite Montagne. The FORENA NGO is now endeavouring to continue the re-vegetation of the southern flanks of the hillside with their own funders.
With the site specific experience on improved techniques of restoration acquired, Friends of the Environment is continuing this noble endeavor in collaboration with the Currimjee Foundation over an area of 1 ha on the dryer and more challenging Northern flanks of the hill since July 2015. This project would create a unique feature on the island, consisting of a native dry forest cover surrounding a declared national heritage.
Our experts, Dr Claudia Baider and Dr Vincent Florens – the Project Managers – are supervising and directing the re-vegetation project since 2010 along with the Project Coordinators. We also aim to continue to work with various groups of volunteers, targeting initially youngsters and the community, in general, to learn through a hands-on approach to the challenges and solutions to the major current environmental problems, making the reforestation a sustainable integrated-community project in the long-term.
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