GIS - 09 September, 2014: In a bid to ensure that the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanic Garden (SSRBG) assumes its multifunctional role fully, a management plan with the objective of developing a clear framework for effective management over the next five years has been prepared.
The Minister of Agro-Industry and Food Security and Attorney-General, Mr Satish. Faugoo, proceeded this morning at Balaclava to the launching ceremony of a workshop on the management plan of the SSRBG.
In his address the Minister pointed out that the plan addresses the emerging challenges ranging from securing the invaluable assets of the garden, preserving its rich history, mitigating the impact of climate change to the control of invasive species, pests and diseases.
The purpose of this plan is to provide the Ministry of Agro-Industry and Food Security with a clear, consistent and coordinated framework for managing the SSRBG. It pulls together and addresses issues that are common across the different areas, while still recognising the uniqueness and role of each stakeholder.
According to Mr Faugoo the plan amalgamates nine action areas which are complementary to each other into one agreed effort that is to enhance the garden to attain the vision of inspiring and enhancing it socially, economically and environmentally for the benefit of the present and future generations. The areas identified include infrastructural projects; service enhancement; research; revenue generation; embellishment; security enhancement; administrative and legislative review; capacity building; and green initiatives.
The SSRBG, situated at Pamplemousses, covers an area of approximately 37 hectares of land and has several ponds, rivers and canals that accommodate different plant species. It is also referred as the oldest botanic garden in the Southern hemisphere. Over the years the vocation of the garden has changed from an acclimatisation ground into a botanical garden with an impressive collection of plant species from around the world.
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