About Eco-Sud

The actions of Eco-Sud concentrate particularly in the south of the island, our office is based in Blue Bay, where we began.

However, our field of action extends beyond this region, thanks to various collaborations and partnerships across the country.

The NGO's modus operandi is based on the strength of collective action. Our various projects are the result of thoughts and needs identified with the local community.


The Blue Lagoon Team

Jean-Pierre de Falbaire

Blue Lagoon committee chairman

Jean-Pierre grew up in Pointe D’Esny (Mauritius) and spent 15 years in Zimbabwe. During his first years in Africa, he worked as a bush pilot and he was marked by how well the national parks there were preserved. Back to Mauritius, and inspired by what he observed there, he wanted to get involved in the protection of natural resources in his country. The Blue Lagoon programme was created with the aim to preserve the Pointe D’Esny lagoon.

Doris Sénèque

Secretary
Member of the Blue Lagoon committee

Doris was one of the leaders of the group of inhabitants who set up the measures to protect the Blue Bay marine park in 1999. She also is one of the founding members of Eco-Sud and seats as the NGO secretary since its creation till now on.

Sébastien Sauvage

Communication and advocacy manager of Eco-Sud
Member of the Blue Lagoon committee

Sébastien is involved in Eco-Sud activities since the first steps of the NGO. He also held the role of the association’s vice-president from 2009 to 2018. He also is a committed citizen who cares a lot about the well being of his country and of its inhabitants.

Pramod Kumar Chumun (Shashi)

Blue Lagoon project director

Shashi joined the team in 2017. He has a PhD in Environment and Energy Systems delivered by the university of Shizuoka in Japan. He is specialized on the impacts of anthropic stress linked to climate change on the corals’ physiology. He is currently supervising the projects from the Blue Lagoon programme.

Sydney Perrine

Project coordinator

Sydney joined the Blue Lagoon programme in 2015. In the past, he worked for different NGOs (for instance the SHOALS Rodrigues during 14 years and the Reef Conservation in Mauritius). He is a certified PADI Divemaster and uses his experience and knowledge to rally the community through our awareness and educational programme. He also participates thoroughly to the fishes and corals species control in the Blue Bay lagoon.

Hanista Jhumun

Head of administration

Hanista obtained her BSc (Hons) in Marine Science and Technology from the University of Mauritius in 2015. She did an internship, from January 2016 to June 2017, within the scope of the Youth Employment Programme at the Albion Fisheries Research Center and Fishing Training and Extension Center. She afterwards joined the Blue Lagoon team in 2017 and currently works on projects linked to marine preservation, awareness and education.

Vasisht Seetapah

Project coordinator/ Marine guide trainer

Vasisht holds a BSc in Marine & Freshwater Sciences and Conservation Biology from the university Edith Cowan in Australia. He first joined the Blue Lagoon project as an intern, before being recruited as marine guide trainer in January 2018. Today, Vasisht trains and raises awareness among the different actors of the Grand Port lagoon, particularly those linked to the tourism industry in the marine environment.

Alasdair Harris, PhD

Technical advisor

Alasdair spent a long time looking at issues regarding the marine conservation in the Indian Ocean and expressed his will to contribute to the project. He is a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas. He won the IUCN World Conservation Union's Young Conservationist Award in 2010 and is the laureate of the Condé Nast Environment Award in 2009. He is currently based in Madagascar.

The Blue Lagoon Team Contributors

  • Andrew Fletcher

    Lagoon Monitoring Manager
    September 2012-January 2013
  • Anthony de Kroon

    Project Manager
    September 2012- January 2013
  • Dennis Van der Burgh

    Project Manager
    February 2013- June 2013
  • Karin Lampe

    Project Manager
    September 2012- January 2013
  • Martijn Groenbroek

    Project Manager
    February 2013- June 2013
  • Paul Berends

    Project Manager
    September 2012- January 2013
  • Rosan Koops

    Project Manager
    September 2013- January 2014
  • Dirk-jan Smelt

    Project Manager
    September 2013- January 2014
  • Emma Montocchio

    Volunteer Programme Assistant
    September 2013- January 2014
  • Gilles Van Leeuwen

    Project Manager
    February 2014- June 2014
  • Anna Schmieg

    Project Manager
    July 2014- November 2014
  • Sophie Bellin

    Project Manager
    August 2015- February 2016
  • Aaron Critchley

    Project Manager
    August 2015- February 2016
  • Rachael Perkins

    Project Manager
    August 2015- February 2016
  • Rachele Sauvage

    Project Manager
    August 2015- February 2016

Eco-Sud Committee

2019

Chairman: Alain de Falbaire
Vice-President: Rachèle Bhoyroo
Treasurer: Hervé Sénèque
Vice-Treasurer: Danièle Sauvage
Secretary: Doris Sénèque
Vice-Secretary: Pierre Sénèque

2018

Chairman: Alain de Falbaire
Vice-Chairman: Sébastien Sauvage
Treasurer: Hervé Sénèque
Vice-Treasurer: Julia Maigrot
Secretary: Doris Sénèque
Vice-Secretary: Pierre Sénèque

Our Values

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Dialogue

The members of Eco-Sud are committed and passionate activists who always favour dialogue to strive for the protection of the environment and biodiversity of Mauritius.
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Responsibility

For Eco-Sud, the environment is a common heritage of humanity, implying that each person has a responsibility to undertake, especially to repair the damages that have been caused as a result of human activity.
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Collective strength

We believe it’s necessary to encourage a collective force, by including all stakeholders, especially vulnerable populations, so that we can benefit from the contributions of everyone to take action.
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Scientific Expertise

Eco-Sud is constantly seeking the advice and input of international experts in order to support the struggle with backing from scientific data and facts. Our Blue Lagoon programme is based on scientific research.
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Transparency

Thanks to our complete transparency regarding the way we operate and our commitments, Eco-Sud has been able to mobilize the local and civil society in the fight to protect the environment.