“The urgency of the New Coastal Road” for Reunion Island makes news

“The urgency of the New Coastal Road” for Reunion Island makes news

February 5, 2019, a fall of about 500 kilos of rocks occurred at 3:50 pm on the Reunion main coastal road causing no injury. The roads on the mountain side and on the sea side were all impacted by the fallen rocks. The last major fall of rocks in this area dates from 2009.

In order to clean the road, to carry out the emergency works, to allow the intervention of the Roads teams of the Reunion Region and as a preventive measure, the traffic was diverted.

In addition, to avoid the “tilted circulation mode” until Sunday, the Reunion Region had decided as a security measure to complete a total closure of the coast road from Wednesday, February 6 from 12h to 14h to perform purges and cleaning work on the starting area of the day’s rock fall. A deviation was set up by the road to the mountain. Reunionais were invited to make their arrangements accordingly.

That was an official announcement of the 5th February.

“LaRéunionEcolo’ issued their one Communique following the falling of rocks that cause the closure of the Coastal Road:

Following the scree that impacted the coastal road fortunately without damage or casualties, LaRéunionEcolo reminded everyone the urgency of the commissioning of the New Coastal Road. “Let us add that not only the current road has a continued financial cost, but also that the protection nets of the cliff are not in any way ecological (attacking birds – mulch-in-tail – and endemic vegetation)” the communique said.

“Let’s not forget that the Nouvelle Route du Littoral provides for an exceptional consideration of the environmental impact. In fact, on this large-scale project, actions in favour of fauna and flora amounted to 80 million euros of investment and 150 blue and green measures (for example rehabilitation of vegetation for sites of laying of sea turtles on the beaches of the west, whale trail, protection of petrels) were taken on board to compensate for the environmental impact of the construction site. This approach is unique to Reunion Island in terms of consultation with all stakeholders in the region” the communique added.

“LaRéunionEcolo” used their communique to ask the people of Réunion to open their eyes to denounce the politicization of this important project.


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Author: Alain St.Ange

Alain St Ange has been working in the tourism business since 2009. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. He was appointed as the Director of Marketing for Seychelles by President and Minister of Tourism James Michel. After one year of After one year of service, he was promoted to the position of CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board. In 2012 the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands regional Organization was formed and St Ange was appointed as the first president of the organization. In a 2012 cabinet re-shuffle, St Ange was appointed as Minister of Tourism and Culture which he resigned on 28 December 2016 in order to pursue a candidacy as Secretary General of the World Tourism Organisation. At the UNWTO General Assembly in Chengdu in China, a person who was being sought after for the “Speakers Circuit” for tourism and sustainable development was Alain St.Ange. St.Ange is the former Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine who left office in December last year to run for the position of Secretary General of the UNWTO. When his candidature or document of endorsement was withdrawn by his country just a day before the elections in Madrid, Alain St.Ange showed his greatness as a speaker when he addressed the UNWTO gathering with grace, passion, and style. His moving speech was recorded as the one on the best marking speeches at this UN international body. African countries often remember his Uganda address for the East Africa Tourism Platform when he was a guest of honor. As former Tourism Minister, St.Ange was a regular and popular speaker and was often seen addressing forums and conferences on behalf of his country. His ability to speak ‘off the cuff’ was always seen as a rare ability. He often said he speaks from the heart. In Seychelles he is remembered for a marking address at the official opening of the island’s Carnaval International de Victoria when he reiterated the words of John Lennon famous song… ” you may say I am a dreamer, but I am not the only one. One day you will all join us and the world will be better as one”. The world press contingent gathered in Seychelles on the day ran with the words by St.Ange which made headlines everywhere. St.Ange delivered the keynote address for the “Tourism & Business Conference in Canada” Seychelles is a good example for sustainable tourism. This is therefore not surprising to see Alain St.Ange being sought after as a speaker on the international circuit. Member of Travelmarketingnetwork.

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