The Use of Pandanus Leaves
This project aims at the management and protection of the Pandanus trees in Mauritius. The Pandanus is more commonly known as "Vacoas" in Mauritius. Due to development and encroachment on river reserves, many of the indigenous species are threatened. The last decade noticed a significant job reduction amongst "Vacoas Tante", i.e. female Pandanus bags manufacturers. The project aims to enable them to maintain the productive capacity and biological diversity of their environment. The grant allocated by GEF/SGP has mainly been used for a survey in different regions of Mauritius where main activities of production of different articles from Pandanus leaves exists and among consumers of these articles. Data has also been collected on the environment and management of Pandanus Utilis and on the socio-economic background of the producers and cultivators. Training will be provided to these cultivators and bag manufacturers on the sound use of Pandanus leaves.
Association des Consommateurs de L'iIe Maurice
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Project Characteristics and Results
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
A 26-minutes film on the sustainable use of Pandanus bags, as compared to the use of plastic bags which are a source of pollution, has been produced and is aimed at sensitising the public at large on the above issues.
Emphasis on Sustainable Livelihoods
Bag-making from Pandanus leaves is the main source of income for many village people, especially women.
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