Mauritius | Infrastructure

October 02, 2013

Experts: Le Morne Unprotected to Environmental Threats

Le Morne, a UNESCO World Heritage Site by Unesco, threatened ecological hazards. This was noted by foreign experts who were visiting Mauritius for three weeks. "The situation is alarming," they warn.

Erosion, pollution, lagoon threatened by tourism, endemic endangered species ... These are all hazards that have been identified by African experts. They were invited by the management of Morne Heritage Trust Fund for an inventory.

These experts come from Malawi, South Africa, Zambia and Kenya, among others.

Erosion is a major problem noted. "Your beaches shrink. If nothing is done, it will do more beach, "it said in a preliminary report to the management of Le Morne Heritage Trust Fund. Other erosions also come from the mountains. Experts say that "the problem may be more serious in that the lives of the region may be endangered."

Pollution was another issue raised in the preliminary report Monday. Le Morne lagoon would be exposed to significant pollution, in particular due to sewage inhabitants, according to the African experts "would be discharged into the sea" The result is that all aquatic life is threatened. It shows that "significant coral damage have been observed."

Tourism activities in the lagoon of Le Morne also appear to be a significant threat. The lagoon is surrounded by no less than five hotels frequently attracts kite tournaments. "It does a disservice to the marine environment," experts say.

Endemic species on the side of the mountain of Le Morne are also not immune to a possible threat of extinction. Species as Trochetia or Immortal world, which, according to African experts are unique plants in the world could disappear "if the authorities do not decide to come forward with a plan for sustainable conservation."

 

 

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