I am, here to address you to a desperate misuse of land opposite to where I live since 30 years in Curepipe. In 2001, I notice the deplorable condition of the stateland. The stateland is situated in a densely populated area in Curepipe, near a dormant volcano(Trou aux Cerfs).
The overall landscape surface is 62, 000 square meters. Due to years of neglect, Various areas of hillside of the volcano has suffered the ill effects of urbanization. Biological diversity is being significantly reduced by certain human activities; resulting in a delinquent landscape, susceptible to degrade.
Invasive plants, pests and debris/pollutants can pose a real danger to both nature and human community, a quintessential problem affecting the environment. The debris is mostly found on the edges, whereas invasive plants are found everywhere. The lack of social development increase pressure on natural resources and low standard of living.
The conservation of terrestrial biodiversity is a pivotal source of significant economic, aesthetic, health, and cultural benefits, which form the foundation for sustainable developments. Our aims is to Link biodiversity conservation with poverty reduction.
S.O.S Nature are pleased to notify : An inception of actionable weeding and removal of debris/pollutants started on the 1st November 2007, surfacing 65m X 45m. The cumulative treatment is subsequently revealing the beauty and the functional aspect of the landscape.
On this pilot phase, we demonstrate a sample rehabilitation(in-situ) model to eventually reproduce the model into a larger landscape of 260m wide and 240m long (62,000 square meters) side hill of the volcano, To acheive this aim, the preparation should be done in consultation with all parties concerned, in ways to support and facilitate the land use, and conversion permit for the development on a full scale designed to be a source of conceptual and practical guidance for human environmental issues on a clearer sense of options for sustainable development (In-situ & Ex-situ conservation and nature based model for future multi regional integration.
The healthful bushwalk with the 5elements, project aims to establish a dynamic embellishment complex for evergreen species of endemic, native, exotic and medicinal invasive plants from grass, herbaceous, climber, shurbs, soft/hard woods trees, and ferns to foster a hospitable habitat for biodiversity.
Many of these species are multipurpose and provide a range of benefits (edible fruits, agricultural crop, traditional medicine and, prevention for soil erosion, food crises, etc). Thereby, several aspect of the landscaping will provide opportunities for training/work and a healthy & friendly landscape environment with artworks that inform us about nature and its processes, a recreational education walk and eco-tourism as a source of livelihood.
Local people are both the cause of and solution. The great news is, local people are willing to make a difference by making a real contribution towards an ecological prosperity. Since, a few initiatives have been undertaken to clean up in our region.This has drawn a positive response from local residents and has mobilised youth and elders to actively participate. Not only to help out, but to show their genuin commitment towards preserving the environment.
In conclusion, we need to know , how to best manage and adjust the release of the land site.
With these words, I believe that with the collaboration of one and all, In 2010 the garden community will be fully implemented. I hope that through this letter you will share the same vision and that you will be able of offer us your kind help. We are deeply grateful of numerous people who have participates & shared their ideas with us.
Jean Michel Laurent
President of S.O.S Nature
Telephone: 718 2070
Address: 1, Daruty de Grand-Pre, Curepipe Road, Mauritius.