Fleurir Maurice Committee M.G.T.O.
The "Fleurir Maurice" Committee, a pioneer in ecological concerns, was set up in Mauritius in 1967 with the objective of protecting and embellishing the environment. An extensive awareness campaign is carried out through the media, posters, youth clubs, schools and colleges, women's associations, municipalities and district councils. A nationwide, annual "Fleurir Maurice" competition is organised and awards are presented to the best houses, schools, colleges, hospitals, industrial estates, sugar factories, villages, beaches and hotels in each of the four District Councils areas and the five towns of Mauritius. Nursery projects in schools, cleaning of beaches, placing kilns at the base of filaos trees to prevent people from damaging them when cooking food, and "Operation Force Verte" which consists of extensive tree planting along highways, main roads and mountain slopes.
Mr. Michel graduated in the UK and taught biology for over five years before working at the Mauritius Institute for some 20 years, finishing as Director. After early retirement he worked at the Mauritius Institute of Education as a curriculum developer and lecturer in science, biology and environment. Over the past 20 years he has been writing a weekly contribution for a local newspaper ("L'Express") on scientific topics, including plant and animal life, as well as the environment. Written in a light tone, the articles aim at interesting nonscientific readers in the topics covered. These articles have played a major role towards promoting environmental awareness in Mauritius.