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Bis Lamer

Following the signature of the MOU with Rogers Foundation in February 2014 on the development of a Marine Mobile Education Unit, Bis Lamer was officially launched on the 9th of September 2014 at Rogers House, Port Louis.

The aim of Bis Lamer is to allow Reef Conservation to bring marine science and environmental issues to a number of different audiences namely:

  • Primary and secondary aged school children
  • Youth groups
  • Fishermen, boat and tourism operators
  • General public

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Several themes are developed during the sessions with Bis Lamer:

  • Discovery of the coastal and marine environment of Mauritius
  • What are ecosystem services and how conserved ecosystems specially wetlands, mangroves, seagrass beds and coral reefs help us to be more resilient to natural calamities
  • Discovering about planktons and their importance
  • Our impacts on the marine ecosystem and how to reduce these impacts
  • What is climate change and how it is affecting an island like Mauritius

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Even though the official launching of Bis Lamer was in September, it started running as from end of July 2014 mainly by delivering various sensitization sessions with staff from Rogers’s companies.

Since January 2015 it started visiting public schools after approval from the Ministry of Education, Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research. 32 schools were concerned, 16 Primary and 16 Secondary for the period January to July 2015. Two days were planned per school and the target groups were Std V and VI for primary and Form III students for secondary.

Since its inception Bis Lamer has received a very positive welcome by the public.  From July 2014 until June 2015, we’ve reached and sensitized 7500 persons. These include schools, scouts group, hotels, private companies, commercial centres, foundations, NGOs and community groups.

In line with the Climate Change Adaptation Fund Project, a Memorandum of Understanding was also signed between Reef Conservation and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development on the 9th of September 2014. The MOU kick start the joint implementation of the project on sensitization of coastal communities affected by climate change using Bis Lamer, development of sensitization materials and 3D Small Scale Models on mangroves ecosystem, coastal zones, coastal adaptation works as well as educational tours on mangroves ecosystem, coastal zones and coastal adaptation works.

 

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