Location: Trou aux Biches, Mauritius
ELI Africa is a non-profit organization in Mauritius that runs community-based environmental projects and provides free experiential learning services for underprivileged youth. By identifying and addressing environmental issues that jeopardize local welfare, ELI Africa is able to raise awareness of what problems exist and how they might be managed and solved.
At Trou aux Biches, healthy coral reefs are not only rich in biodiversity, but they also contribute to tourism, fisheries, and shoreline protection– all three of which are vital aspects of the country’s prosperity. However, in recent years, Mauritius’ reefs have experienced serious degradation. According to the Mauritius Oceanography Institute (MOI), certain lagoon reefs have lost more than 50-60% of their live coral cover due to a combination of different factors such as pollution and acidification, coral blasting and dredging, sedimentation, poor fishing practices, warming ocean temperatures, and mass bleaching events.
In recognition of these threats, ELI Africa is partnering with MOI and the GEF Small Grants Programme to implement a coral farming project. Through the end of 2014, they will rear and transplant up to 5,000 coral fragments into the degraded and damaged lagoon of Trou aux Biches. Ultimately, ELI Africa hopes to use the project to teach local residents and students about the value of, and to take ownership for, the sustained health of the local marine ecosystem.
Environmental Impact: Avoided coral reef degradation and preserved biodiversity
Measurement: Mauritius Oceanography Institute
Credits: ELI Africa
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