Five students, along with the renowned explorer Riaan Manser, aim to inspire young students to reflect on sustainable development and how they can make a difference to the environment in their communities via the South African Matrics in Mauritius group.
Earlier this year, Sun Resorts Group welcomed this team with lofty ambitions. Both La Pirogue and Long Beach Hotels welcomed them to share Sun Resorts’ holistic sustainability strategy and SUNCARE programme.
Guided tour, environmental assessment
On the agenda was a visit by the students to La Pirogue International Marine Research Centre to explore the seabed. They immediately noticed how the coral transplantation programme at Flic en Flac, designed to restore the marine ecosystem, is unique in Mauritius.
Their journey continued at Belle-Mare in Long Beach. In Belle-Mare, they learned how the climate-smart agriculture programme, in collaboration with the University of Mauritius, has transformed the agricultural system on the east coast for small-scale farmers in the region.
Finally, Amalen Vyapooree, the Executive Chef of the resort, explained to the South African group the ambition of Sun Resorts to build a zero food waste culture. In fact, Long Beach uses, reuses and recycles everything it can when developing the daily menus. In addition, the students were able to admire the hotel’s vegetable garden with several varieties of vegetables and herbs.
Ali Abdool, Sustainability Manager of Sun Resorts Group, concludes:
“We are delighted to accommodate the Matrics in Mauritius students in our hotels. We all have a role to play in environmental conservation. If we can educate today’s generation, it will be a big step for the future generation.”