Like the whales it is honoring, the exhibition "Mysterious Cetacean" begins in Mauritius a regional migration that will bring it to meet the Indianoceania public as well as Kenya and Tanzania.
It was at the Porlwi by Nature festival from 29 November to 3 December that the traveling exhibition by artist-commissioner Tatiana Patchama began. It will then be installed at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Center from 7 December to 31 January.
The regional trip of this exhibition on whales, whose realization was supported by the Réunion Region, is made possible thanks to the resources of the Biodiversity Program implemented by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) with funding from the European Union (EU). The scheduled stops are Seychelles in February 2018, Kenya in March, then Tanzania, Comoros and Madagascar.
"Mysterious Cetacean" offers a journey through the little-known humpback whale universe. The commissioner stages and resonates the visions of children - naive and sensitive - with those of scientists. Its scenography is designed so that the public can appropriate the current scientific knowledge.
In this "à la carte" proposal, the public adopts an active posture. He chooses among the contents proposed those he wishes to deepen during his visit. History, anatomy, migration, food, legends ... the exhibition unveils many secrets of the whale.
"Through its Biodiversity Program funded by the European Union, as well as its Sustainable management of the coastal zone project financed by the French Global Environment Facility (FFEM), the IOC promotes this regional approach for the conservation of marine species migrants who are particularly threatened and yet represents a treasure for our biodiversity and an economic opportunity provided we act responsibly, "said Gina Bonne, regional organization's representative at the opening of the exhibition on November 28 at the Old United Docks in Port Louis.
For Marjaana Sall, EU Ambassador to Mauritius and Seychelles, "Events such as this exhibition are important for raising public awareness of the nature around us and the challenges it faces, including challenges related to action of man ". She also recalled the importance given to environmental issues in the IOC-EU partnership.
Sreenivasan Soondron, Director of Fisheries of the Mauritian Ministry of the Ocean Economy, Grégory Martin, Director of the Réunion Regional Office in Mauritius as well as private sector operators and non-governmental conservation stakeholders also participated in the opening of the exhibition "Mysterious Cetacea", November 28, 2017.