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Mauritian island wins award for saving species through education

Date posted: 
Friday, January 18, 2019

On Rodriguez Island school children and citizens rally round to restore the habitat.

The Rodrigues Fody (Near Threatened) is just one endemic bird benefiting © Sarah Caceres & Jean-Noël Jasmin

On Rodrigues, a semi-autonomous island in the Republic of Mauritius, environmental education is inspiring communities to get out there and help conserve their unique wildlife. And it’s all thanks to an innovative scheme, the Rodrigues Environmental Education Programme*. This initiative has shaped the lives of school students for the last two decades, and has had such a profound impact on the nature and community of the island that this year it was presented with the Global Conservation Award 2018 by Philadelpia Zoo in the USA, a main funder of the project, at its annual Global Conservation Gala.

Read all about this inspiring story here.

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