Environmental Protection and Conservation Organisation (EPCO) is a local environmental NGO in Mauritius. Our primary goal is to protect and conserve the environment so as to allow our future generations to enjoy it. We do this by implementing different types of projects in different thematic areas around the island. We mainly deal with terrestrial, freshwater, marine biodiversity and climate change projects.
Environmental Protection and Conservation Organisation (EPCO) was founded in 1987 even before the creation of the Ministry of Environment in Mauritius. It was then registered with the Registrar of Associations on 24th of November 1988, under the provisions of the Registrar of Association Act, 1978, Government of Mauritius, Indian Ocean.
PROJECTS IN REVERSE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
Adaptation to climate change – Improve domestic water supply system by providing potable water storage tanks to poor coastal community villages of Mauritius – Funded by Canada Fund for Local Initiative (CFLI)
The Barachois Project – An aquaculture community-based project to contribute to the enhancement of the ecological integrity of the Grand Port lagoon (found in the south of Mauritius) by promoting sustainable management and use of coastal and marine resources with the support and participation of the traditional fishers’ community with the support of GEF-Satoyama Project.
Bicycle Rally Campaign - Ride for the Planet - Global Power Shift Mauritius - In collaboration with the Ministry of Youth & Sports, the Ministry of Environment – Around 100 participants – To promote the use of recycle materials and also to reduce our carbon impact on the Environment. The participants were given recycled material to decorate their bicycle with clear messages on how to adapt to climate change.
‘Cocoponic’ – The use of coconut fibres to produce fruits and vegetables in Agalega.
‘Coco nu la vie’ – The use of coconut by-products to manufacture tourist handicraft items.
‘Protection of Environment’ day – in collaboration with Grand Baie & Poudre D’Or Organising committee
Beach monitoring at Butte a l’Herbe and Mont Choisy Public beaches in collaboration with St Jean Scouts and St Jean Parish Club
Campaign against the use of aluminium cans
Campaign against the use of Plastic bags – in collaboration with MEDCO trinity college
Carnaval with theme ‘Anou pren compte nu l’environment’ (awareness campaign ‘being responsible towards our environment’)
Environment week – in collaboration with Trinity College
Environment week at Montagne Longue
Awareness campaigns at public beaches (Mont Choisy, Flic en Flac) on the use of public bins and keeping our beaches clean, installation of signboard ‘Our beaches are our pride, keep them clean’
Workshop at Montagne Longue ‘Man and his immediate environment’
Cleaning of Mont Choisy Public beach – in collaboration with Medco trinity
As a non-profit, EPCO runs on CSR funds (5%), international donations (70%), individual donations and own funds generated through shop sales (25%).