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Kevin is moving for : Reef Conservation – ONE with Nature: Eco-Schools and Biodiversity in Mauritius

18%
Funds Raised: MUR 59,600
Required Funds: MUR 332,000

Reef Conservation, a local NGO in Mauritius, is engaged in the protection of coastal and marine environment. Using a holistic and integrated approach and the ‘Ridge to Reef Concept’, Reef Conservation’s research and education programmes are rich in knowledge and hands on activities with the involvement of students and members of the community being at the heart of all programmes.

Eco-Schools is  an international award programme of the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that guides schools and provides a simple framework to help make sustainability an integral part of school life. The Eco-Schools programme is holistic and follows a simple 7 step process that allows schools to integrate the steps at their own pace. Reef Conservation, a full member of FEE, is the National Operator for the Eco-Schools programme in Mauritius.

In view of promoting interactive and reflective learning of the natural environment, Reef Conservation will now implement National Learning Campaigns. Eco-Schools will be called to work with the theme of ‘Biodiversity Loss’ by engaging in biodiversity audits which will start within the school, at home and finally within the community.

The campaign is designed to enhance knowledge and provide students with the skills to help tackle biodiversity loss in Mauritius through hands on projects. The Learning Campaign will  quantitatively measure the participants’  actions for biodiversity while reinforcing their knowledge

MUR

Recommended Donation MUR1,000

Minimum Donation allowedMUR500

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Description

Je me présente, Kevin Mayer, 30 ans et grand amoureux du sport et de la nature depuis tout petit déjà.

Joueur de rugby depuis l’âge de 11 ans chez les HIGHLAND BLUES à Curepipe ou j’ai été capitaine pendant de nombreuses années. Sélectionné au sein de l’équipe de Maurice de rugby à 7 comme à 15 sur plusieurs tournées en Afrique, le sport joue un rôle essentiel dans ma vie quotidienne. Comme ma femme le dit si bien « je ne sais pas quel sport tu ne pratiques pas » – bonne question.

Après les deux lockdowns, l’idée de pratiquer du sport, mon sport, pour une bonne cause m’est venue. J’ai donc naturellement choisi l’ONG Reef Conservation car je viens du sud, de Pointe d’Esny ;  où nous avons, il y a un peu plus d’un an été « frappé » par le naufrage du MV WAKASHIO. Une date que je ne suis pas près d’oublier, étant la date de naissance de mon fils Mael.

Cet incident est un désastre écologique qui, pour encore des années, affectera notre écosystème et notre faune et flore marine. Le projet “ONE with Nature – Eco-Schools and Biodiversity “ a été conçu pour améliorer les connaissances et fournir aux élèves les compétences nécessaires pour lutter contre la perte de biodiversité sur l’île grâce à des projets pratiques. Le projet mobilisera 25 éco-écoles à travers l’île pour réaliser des audits de biodiversité qui commenceront au sein de l’école, à la maison et enfin au sein de leur communauté.

Mes objectifs sont simples : Une levée de fonds pour pérenniser le projet Eco-Schools de Reef Conservation.

Comment : Grâce au sport. Je vais courir, nager et faire du vélo.

Plus précisément, je participerai aux courses suivantes, aux couleurs de Reef Conservation et des généreux donateurs que vous êtes :

 

Reef Conservation a besoin d’aide pour financer ce magnifique projet d’éducation et de sensibilisation. Voyons les bénéfices de ce programme sur le long terme et apportons notre pierre à l’édifice! Notre contribution, la plus petite soit-elle, sera à l’image de notre engagement en tant que citoyen pour une ile durable et saine.

Votre soutien et votre générosité envers cette campagne et l’équipe de Reef Conservation sera sans nul doute ma source première de motivation pour me dépasser durant les entrainements et les courses à venir.

Un GRAND merci par avance.

Sportivement,

Kevin

potential beneficiaries

25 Eco-Schools in Mauritius (3 ANFEN, 2 EcoCampus, 15 secondary, and 5 primary) = 625 students and 50 coordinators directly involved

funded by others

YES

other funders

Reef Conservation is currently presenting the project to other potential funders.

main objective

The campaign is designed to enhance knowledge and provide students with the skills to help tackle biodiversity loss in Mauritius through hands on projects.

Outcomes 

  • All 25 Eco-Schools will complete the biodiversity audits and participate in the Biodiversity campaign
  • All 25 Eco-Schools (675 students and 50 coordinators) will plant and adopt 1 tree per participant a) to promote and engage in conservation and restoration, and b) combat pollinator and insect loss

At least 18 Eco-Schools will participate in and implement projects below :

  • ​At least 5 Eco-Schools (125 students and 10 coordinators) will complete land and coastal ecosystem audits with community participants and participate in 5 land and coastal conservation (and potentially restoration) projects with the support of Reef Conservation and other stakeholders . Students, coordinators, and stakeholders will use the Rapid Site Assessment (RSA) method to identify the levels of degradation of earmarked zones and propose potential solutions for conservation and/or restoration. Land and coastal conservation projects will include but not be limited to, intermediate forests, beaches, and mangrove forests.
  • At least 1 school (25 students and 2 coordinator) will learn about invasive alien species (land and/or coastal and/or marine) and design one awareness session around this topic. Consequent to this, these students and coordinators will participate in one project to control invasive alien species with the support of Reef Conservation and other stakeholders.
  • At least 5 schools (125 students and 10 coordinators) will participate in clean ups to promote ecosystem conservation and raise awareness about the impacts of waste on biodiversity and ecosystems.
  • At least 1 school (Loreto College Curepipe = 25 students and 2 coordinators) will implement a fully functional aquaponics project within the school premises
  • At least 1 school (25 students and 2 coordinators) will learn about the importance of bees in the ecosystem and 1 bee conservation project can be developed and/or supported by this school
  • At least 5 schools (125 students and 10 coordinators) will plant and harvest vegetables in their school grounds to yield 5 functional vegetable gardens. Each school will aim to yield at least 5 kgs of vegetables during the campaign. By learning how and what to plant during which season without using any chemicals, students will gain knowledge and capacity which will contribute to self-sustainability in the future.
  • The vegetables harvested can be used in several ways: a) used in schools’ kitchens (for schools provide breakfasts and lunches to their students, for example, ANFEN), b) selling and/or distribution to surrounding communities, c) possibility of reproducing similar gardens at home by taking seedlings from the school, d) possibility of reproducing similar gardens for the community (a community garden developed and used by the community for the community)

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