Sunday, July 19, 2009

Mission Verte Mauritius

Bonjour à tous,

So, this week i finally found that a NGO is operating in Mauritius.
Name : Mission Verte.

I am trying to figure out how big and organise it is.
Check ou what i 've found :

Grantee: Mission Verte - MV (Non-government Organization)
Focal Area: Climate Change, Persistent Organic Pollutants
Op. Program:
Project Type: Full
Operational Phase: Phase 1
Dates: 11/2008 - 6/2009
Grant Amount: 45 161,00 USD
Project Status: Currently under execution
Project Types: Demonstration, Information Dissemination, Networking and Policy Dialogue

Project Details & Results

Mission Verte is a NGO which works towards making Mauritius a cleaner island. Mission Verte was registered in August 2007 as a non-governmental organisation when a group of eco-citizens decided that something had to be done for the environment, with climate change issues as the principal motivation.
The objective of this project is to install selective waste sorting bins in strategic places all over Mauritius. We aim to place large bins in the north, south west, south east and east of the island as well as on the central plateau and in Port Louis and to sensitise the Mauritian population on the need to reduce, re-use and recycle our wastes. We are already in collaboration with collectors of paper and plastic who will recuperate the waste at regular intervals.
The larger bins which are modified containers will be divided into 4 compartments for plastic, aluminium, paper and glass bottles. The smaller bins will be divided in three for plastic, paper/cardboard and aluminium cans. This will be the stepping stone for a wider ambition that of a dump, a “dechetterie” with European standards where people can drop their waste, be it plastic, electronic, furniture in a central location. We will monitor this project by acting as coordinators who will make sure that the waste goes through the proper channels. This will result in decreasing the amount of methane that would otherwise have been discharged in our landfills causing negative impact on climate change.
Another of our goals is to get involved in environmental awareness in public and private sectors: schools, municipal & village councils etc. for which we will need adapted material such as educational posters, films and DVDs. We strongly believe in the necessity of making people conscious of environmental issues, which is for us the only way of to achieving results which will last in the future.
The rationale behind this project is to diminish the enormous amount of recyclable waste ending up in Mare Chicose causing the garbage dump to increase alarmingly in volume and reaching the stage where incineration seems to be the only issue with all the health and environmental hazards which that entails.

This project goes in the general direction that the Mauritian government is taking at the moment towards sustainable development with the idea of “Maurice Ile Durable” at the foremost.

The total cost of the project is Rs1,664,050 and the funds requested from GEF-SGP are in the order of Rs. 1 400 000. Co-funding has been studied and some industries have expressed their interest in our project - Naiade resorts for example are very keen on working with us, the association of East Coast Ladies have made a demand of Rs 147,200/- from the DCP Small grants union of the European Union to pay for four bins which will be placed in Flacq, Poste de Flacq, Mare La Chaux and Belle-Mare with the collaboration of Mission Verte. We also intend to have sponsors who will use the bins as publicity for their business and the amount of money will depend on how much space they will require. These funds will be used for manufacturing and transporting the bins to adequate areas which we shall have selected, ordering stickers, buying equipment for educational purposes.

To that effect we intend to include community spirit in the project. Bins will be placed under the responsibility of people in the neighbourhood who in return for a fee, will be in charge of their maintenance. This will make sure that the dumping area does not become an eye-sore as so many have been in the past.

At the end of the project, we hope that sufficient awareness will have been created to ensure that the process of selective sorting of waste will become a way of life to all the population. The recycling firms having their raw material sorted and stored all over the island should be happy to do their part in the collection of waste. This would ensure sustainability of the project. As time goes by, more bins should be placed to ensure easier access to the public. This next stage could be tackled by private firms, municipalities, district councils, schools etc.

Pretty big isn't it ?
I am going to contact them this week, and try to meet.
They don't have a proper website yet. So we don't really know what is going on.
But on the web we can find some Newsletters.

The more we are funnier it will be !!

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1 comment:

  1. Dear Greg,

    I started a couple of month ago to work for Mission Verte. Has your request been answered? If not, please let me know if I can help you with any kind of information.

    Best regards,

    Education & Communication Project Manager