Red cardinal bird of Mauritius on green branch of hibiscus plant with purple flowers, words flora and fauna of Mauritius written in box

Biodiversity (Flora and Fauna) of Mauritius

Famous as the land of the Dodo, the biodiversity of Mauritius is quite rich and provides key raw materials and essential ecosystem services. For definition’s sake, biodiversity refers to the variability that exists amongst all living sources and the complex interactions in their different Read More

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Why is the sea level rising?

Since the last report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on sea level rise in 2013, global Sea Level Rise (SLR) has been attracting much attention. This can be can be attributed to two main reasons [1]: one, the sea level has Read More

Mangrove Mauritius Island, Trou aux Biches, lone mangrove plant growing in the shallow seawater with rocks at the back

Why islands must protect their mangrove forests

Some years ago, mass clearance of mangrove forests on estuaries and marshes was common on small islands because they were thought to be insect breeding sites and were being used as dumps. Over time, as more knowledge was gained on this fragile yet vital Read More

White and brown plastic waste on beach facing the sea

How to handle the waste problem on small islands

Desolate planet. Piles of rubbish. This is how pictures of the end of our beautiful planet have been painted. As we produce more waste, we have to handle their disposal as well. Worldwide, waste management is an issue that gives stakeholders migraines, but the Read More

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Mauritius and its Marine Life

The beautiful marine life that the locals enjoy at perpetuity and tourists crave for, is due to an intricate and well-defined system of coral reef that surrounds the island. The lagoon is calm and homogenous most of the time thanks to the surrounding fringing Read More

Man's two hands holding soil; Turning organic matter from homes into compost for gardens using Bokashi composting

Bokashi compost – Decreasing stress on our landfill

In awe and sometimes, fear, when we were kids, we loved to part windows’ curtains and watch furtively as waste trunks swallowed the stuff of local bins. Garden leaves, torn clothes, plastic bags, old batteries, broken china, you name it, everything that is useless Read More

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Underwater waterfall of Mauritius

The internet-made-famous underwater waterfall, is an amazing water drop-off found in the south west of the island, at Le Morne and faces the Brabant Mountain. It is an important area of the island and attracts tourists and islanders alike as it forms part of Read More

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The rivers of Mauritius

Rivers are water bodies within a confined channel that usually flow from the uplands towards a lake or the sea. They are very important in shaping the landscape and allowing the surrounding life to survive. Rivers can flow all year round or only flow Read More

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Mountains of Mauritius

Though Mauritius is characterized as mountainous, it is interesting to note that the area actually classified as ‘mountain’ occupies only 16% (300 km2) of the total surface area of the land. Here, mountains are low; the highest peak, Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire, Read More

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Natural resources in the Mauritian waters

According to the Maritime Zones Act 2005, natural resources refer to minerals and other non-living materials found in the subsoil and seabed and the marine organisms in a sedentary state, that is, they are unfit for movement when they are harvested or depend on Read More

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Formation of a volcanic island: Mauritius

The island of Mauritius was formed approximately 10 million years ago by volcanic eruption. In fact, the island itself is a volcano. The highest point, 550 m – 600 m above sea level, is the central plateau; from there on, the land gently slopes Read More