President of Mauritius visits the Durrell Conservation Academy

Post-Graduate students at Durrell Conservation Academy in Mauritius had the honour of meeting the President of Mauritius, her Excellency Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, as well as the British High Commissioner, Mr Jonathan Drew.

The President gave a presentation on the symbiotic relationship between plants and people during the last module of the ‘Managing and leading conservation projects’ course.

Mr Drew shared his wealth of knowledge on subjects ranging from communication to diplomacy.

Jamie Copsey, the Managing Director of the Durrell Conservation Academy, says the talks were insightful and useful for the students.

"In order to be an effective conservation biologist in today's world you need to be able to not just engage the animals that you're trying to save but the people who have great influence over its long-term future. The opportunity to hear from the President of Mauritius and the British High Commissioner enlightened students as to how to engage ministers and civil servants in a dialogue about the conservation of biodiversity to seek solutions to the current biodiversity crisis.”

A Q&A session followed where students could put their questions to the distinguished guests. When asked how to influence important decisions regarding conservation, President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim emphasised using the media. She said that with so many different media outlets nowadays, it’s one of the best ways of reaching as many people as possible.