MOL Charitable Trust Organizes NGO Meeting Related to Mangrove Conservation Activities

On Thursday, April 7, 2022, the MOL Charitable Trust ("the Trust") (Note 1) invited mangrove-related Mauritius-based NGOs and a Japanese expert to a hybrid-style meeting under the theme of the mangrove conservation, which connected between where the NGOs gathered in Mauritius and Japan online.

The participants of the meeting were the representatives of six local NGOs that had received grants from the Trust and engage in mangrove conservation activities in Mauritius (Note 2), Mr. Toyohiko Miyagi, a Mangrove expert, who had played an active role immediately after the incident as a member of the government of Japan's Disaster Relief Team (Note 3), and Mr. Goro Yamashita, Managing Director of MOL (Mauritius) Ltd., who also serves as Chairman of the Trust's Enforcers Committee. They shared the current status on and research results of the NGOs' projects, exchanged opinions, and held a lively discussion on the possibility of cooperation among the NGOs in the future.

MOL will continue to make efforts through the Trust to restore and protect the natural environment of Mauritius, including the mangrove forests.

(Note 1)
Please refer to the press release dated June 21, 2021 and the post dated December 24, 2021 of this page "MOL Charitable Trust selected projects for funding" for information on the Trust and its selected grant recipients.

(Note 2) Participant NGOs

  • Ferney Valley Conservation Trust
    Engaged in activities to conserve epidemic species and endangered species plants in the islands.
  • Resource and Nature Foundation(FORENA)
    Provides training programs for conservation and cultivation of mangrove and endandered plant species, focusing on women in the southeastern part of the island.
  • Reef Conservation Society
    Strives to protect and restore coastal areas and the marine environment in Mauritius.
  • Ocean Connect
    Aims to restore mangroves and shellfish through mangrove forest planting.
  • Pointe d'Esny Sanctuary Foundation
    Aims to engage the local communities of Pointe d'Esny and Mahébourg for the establishment of a Voluntary Marine Conservation Area around Île aux Aigrettes.
  • Association for Sustainable Development (ADD)
    Aims to improve living standards, particularly in poor areas in the southeastern part of the island and assistance to local residents through enlightment about protection of coastal areas including mangrove cultivation and skill development.

(Note 3) Toyohiko Miyagi

  • Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University, Doctor of Science
  • Professor Emeritus, Department of Regional Design, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Tohoku-Gakuin University
  • Vice President, Japan Society for Mangroves
  • Guest Researcher, National Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Representative, Geo Customize Mapping Unit
  • Chief Engineer, ADVANTECHNOLOGY Co., Ltd.
  • Technical Advisor, NITTOC CONSTRUCTION CO., LTD
  • Japan Disaster Relief, Third Team of Experts to Republic of Mauritius, Mangrove Ecologist in 2020
The representatives of the NGOs explained their projects, exchanged ideas, and discussed towards bilateral cooperation.
From Japan, Mr. Miyagi and members of MOL's Mauritius Environmental and Social Contribution Team were participating in the meeting.