GIS - 11 June, 2014: The Mauritius Prison Service organised its annual Environment Day today at Petit Verger prison in Pointe aux Sables.
Some 20 inmates, 75 Prison staff, 100 students of London College, inhabitants of the Prison Road, as well as representatives of the Municipality of Port Louis, the Forestry Department and the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development participated in the event.
The activities comprised cleaning of road sides, planting of 100 decorative plants and 100 trees, trimming of branches which are causing difficulties to the road users, fixing of bins near the road sides of some 25 inhabitants, distribution of large plastic bins donated by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development to the inhabitants of Prison Road. Inmates under the supervision of the Prison staff will henceforth adopt the Prison road by maintaining the cleanliness and uplifting the area.
The objectives are to inculcate the sense of community work among the inmates in the society and encourage them to keep their environment always clean as well as to create awareness among them and inhabitants of the vicinity about the importance of environment and how to cope with the climatic change especially in Small Island States like Mauritius. The activities also aim at facilitating and preparing their reintegration in the society.
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