Kestrel Valley – Protection of Mauritius Kestrel
The Mauritius Kestrel (falco punctatus), originally from the adjoining deep valleys of the Bambous Mountain Range, was saved from almost certain extinction by hand-rearing the last breeding pair in existence and releasing their chicks into the safety of Jean Boulle Group’s Kestrel Valley. Starting in 1994, 331 birds were released into the wild in Mauritius.
Monitoring and protection of the Mauritius Kestrel are ongoing at the Valley as is the Group’s strong liaison with and active contribution to the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. In 2013, the international conservationist Nathalie Boulle was honoured with the BirdLife President’s Medal for inter alia ‘being a strong supporter of the Mauritius Wildlife Foundation, encouraging and supporting their application to become a BirdLife Partner, and sponsoring their delegate to the World Conference’.
Saint Brandon is an Indian Ocean archipelago about 430 kilometres Northeast of Mauritius. The Jean Boulle Group, through the Raphael Fishing Company, contributes to the conservation of the 13 islands it holds under a permanent lease by controlling invasive foreign species and monitoring plastic pollution and the presence of heavy metals. Both Nathalie Boulle and the ninety-year-old Raphael Fishing Company work closely with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF) to protect the islands’ ecology but also to make them more accessible to Mauritians on a long term, sustainable basis. An example of this synergy with the MWF is the organisation and funding of a 7 day fact-finding mission by three highly acclaimed international experts (Professor Henk Bouwman (Ecotoxicology, Environmental Pollution, Bird Ecology); Professor Tony Martin (world’s foremost expert on marine mammals) and Dr. Nick Cole (herpetologist; MWF Islands Restoration Manager) in 2016 to raise awareness about the need to protect the islands and to investigate, for the longer term, the effects of plastic and heavy metal pollution in the Indian Ocean.
Carbon Burn Out Project – Omnicane
Out of the 70,000 tonnes of residues (coal fly ash and bottom ash) collected annually from three cogeneration power plants, the carbon burn out unit generates 42,000 tonnes for the production of cement additives, 18,000 tonnes for the production of construction aggregates and 10,000 tonnes for the production of steam for the Omnicane cluster.
Bioethanol Distillery – Omnicane
The bioethanol distillery can produce up to 24 million litres of bioethanol a year depending on the volume of molasses processed. The bioethanol can be used in pharmaceutical and industrial products as well as a source of biofuel in transportation and power production. The distillery’s by-products of raw gas and concentrated molasses stillage are then further transformed to produce food-grade carbon dioxide and liquid fertilisers respectively. The production capacity of the bio-ethanol distillery is of 80,000 litres a day. Source: http://www.omnicane.com/bioethanol-distillery
CORPORATE SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY
Corporate Social & Environmental Responsibility (CSER) is an integral part of the day-to-day life at Omnicane.
CSER relates to the Company’s social responsibility to establish real partnerships for sustainable human and community development around the industrial sites and the country at large, whilst also protecting and enhancing the natural environment.
Omnicane Foundation was incorporated on 27th October 2009 and is officially registered with the National CSER Committee as a Special Purpose Vehicle bearing Registration No. N/1283. By virtue of its registration with the National CSER Committee, the Foundation is able to initiate and implement projects pertaining to health, housing, education, sports and other areas. The South is our priority area for conducting our CSER initiatives.
Omnicane Foundation has defined specific priority areas in order to be fully compliant with the CSER guidelines. Each one of these areas is deemed important for the proper functioning as well as the progress of society.
- Poverty alleviation
Furthermore, special consideration is given to the following categories namely:
- Social housing
- Eradication of absolute poverty
- Vulnerable children
- Prevention of non-communicable diseases
Our main projects in recent years included:
- Social Housing
- Support to Type 1 Diabetics
- Beach clean-up
- Free kindergarten for vulnerable children
- Adult literacy courses and IT Training
More info: http://www.omnicane.com/omnicane-foundation
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