Hello people. Well, firstly, let me introduce myself. My name is Kushal. I joined ELI a month ago and I am currently leading the ELI endemic forest and Mangrove Propagation projects.
I was introduced to ELI by Cedric and eventually by Vedant. Since my childhood, I’ve always liked being outdoor, close to nature. So, when they told me if I wanted to get involved in a project which would allow me to be among plants and close to the sea, I must admit that I was quite excited although a bit anxious at the beginning. One of my first tasks was to assess an area for our mangrove propagation project. But I will talk about this in another post.
Here, I want to talk about my visit to the endemic forest in Plaines des Roches. The first time I went there (I was then accompanied by Vedant who introduced me proudly to the various endemic plants we had already planted) …
I went there a second time as a site visit was needed to evaluate the state of the ELI forest and to identify the different species of plants available. It was a long journey to reach the forest and upon arriving there, Sarvesh, Akheel and I were really tired but spending time away from all civilization for a little moment was worth the trip.
While walking and taking photos of the different plants, I was visualizing how I would like the forest to be in a few years. Some benches here and there, a small kiosk, an open classroom, a natural amphitheater etc. I saw a small family, with the mother and father sitting on a bench with their two kids, looking at some birds, mesmerized. I hope someday it will be like this. No, it will definitively be like this.
Enjoy some of the pictures that were taken at the forest.