MOL Charitable Trust Supports NGOs and Others Cleanups of Beaches and forests

On Sunday, July 31 and Sunday, August 14, 2022, local NGOs supported by the MOL Charitable Trust ("the Trust") (Note 1) and other groups spent cleaning up local beaches and forests, Mr. Goro Yamashita, Managing Director of MOL (Mauritius) Ltd., who also serves as Chairman of the Trust's Enforcers Committee, on hand for both events.

The July 31 cleanup activity was held at beaches and forests of Bois-Des-Amourettes and Anse-Jonchee in southeast Mauritius, led by local NGO Association for Sustainable Development (ADD) (Note 2), marking the International Day for the Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystems (July 26 each year), as designated by UNESCO. A seminar on the same day focused on the importance of the role mangroves play in the ecosystem. Joining regional council members, volunteers for the event, and officials of Embassy of Japan in Mauritius, including Mr. Shuichiro Kawaguchi, Ambassador of Japan to Mauritius, about 550kg of waste, mostly plastic, was collected.

The August 14 event took place at beaches and lagoons of Blue Bay, led by Eco Blue Divers Mauritius (Note 3), whose members conducted an underwater cleanup as well. In addition to volunteers and employees of sponsoring companies, Mr. Stephan Toussaint, Minister of Youth Empowerment, Sports and Recreation, member of the National Assembly, joined the cleanup effort. Their efforts resulted in the removal of about 190kg of debris, including plastic bottles, cans, and clothing.

Through the Trust, MOL will continue to build stronger ties with the people of Mauritius and contribute to efforts to natural environmental protection activities.

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

(Note 2) 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 enlightenment about protection of coastal areas including mangrove cultivation and skill development.

(Note 3) Eco Blue Divers Mauritius
A dive store located on Blue Bay Beach in the southeast of the island. The staff includes many experienced dive instructors.

Mr. Shuichiro Kawaguchi, Ambassador of Japan to Mauritius (at far left in the front row), participated in a seminar on the importance of mangroves. (July 31, 2022)
Many local residents, young and old alike, pitched in to help. (August 14, 2022)
A poster for beach and lagoon cleanups. Many local companies sponsored the event. (August 14, 2022)