The ELI Africa team has set a goal to plant at least 30 000 propagules by the 15th of December and we are more than happy to announce that we had reached our target with exactly 32 864 propagules planted.
From Grand Gaube, Roches Noires, Poste de Flacq to Mahebourg, our dedicated volunteers have been travelling around Mauritius, planting ardently hundreds and sometimes thousands of mangroves propagules in the marshes. The zeal, commitment and teamwork of our volunteers can be reflected in the pictures taken.
On Friday, 7th of December, we have broken all of our previous records with 10,102 mangrove propagules planted in one day at Pointed D’Esny with the help of 24 young volunteers! .
Our mission is simple; to restore an ecosystem that has been destroyed by man and to educate people about the importance of mangroves. While planting mangroves, we have seen the very intricate ecosystem that these plants sustain. We have had the opportunity to get an overview of the wealth of species these mangroves support: shrimps, small fish, eels and even sharks.
They act as nurseries, feeding and breeding grounds for these organisms. More mangroves equal to more fish which is beneficial for that fisherman who has to look after his or her family.
Mangroves also prevent soil erosion and catastrophic damage by tsunamis. All the mangroves that have been cleared out to build villas for the rich can have a serious repercussion on the small villages next to them. When these villas will be wiped out by these tsunamis, low-paid people will be victims of the repercussions.
It is this type of thinking that we encourage people to have before destroying an ecosystem. We were upset to sometimes see uprooted small mangrove trees or garbage thrown everywhere next to them. We even decided to do a clean-up in those areas. We, therefore, request people to stop polluting places with their garbage.
Planting a mangrove is not that hard as it appears to be. You simply have to pick the mature propagules from the trees and stick them in the marshland, one foot apart. We therefore encourage others to plant mangroves as well whenever they can amd stop destroying these trees.