Seychelles pristine environment is occasionally being affected by different kind of environmental negligence. Therefore the Ministry of Environment is counting on the support from the General public to report any environment-related incident through a web app Ecoalert, which was introduced by the Department of Information, Communication and Technology, last Friday during a press conference.
The Ecoalert Web app was initiated by the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change which is now accessible to the public for reporting any incident which is illegal to the environment. This web app is accessible through a web page www.ecoalert.gov.sc on any web browser such as Smart phone, Laptop, Computer and Tablets this web app is not available as an icon in App Store or Google play store.
The Principal Secretary for Environment Mr. Alain Decomarmond, stated that this Web app is an additional reporting platform for the public, as Green Line (2722111), Ministry’s Website and Facebook are still operational, and the Ministry wants to broaden their option of communication.
“Green Line is operational 24/7, our staff respond to any incident that is being reported. We have even explored the option of WhatsApp in the past, unfortunately the Ministry has taken a decision to stop as we received tones pictures or messages that was not relevant to the environment. Therefore we gave thoughts that nowadays people are moving more towards technology and social media, then we had the idea of creating a web app which would be easy for people to upload pictures and videos.” Explained PS Decomarmond
Krisl Gopal the Principal Analyst from DICT, gave a small demonstration on how Eco alert functions. Simply upload video or pictures not more than 25 MB and select their location and describe the incident. Mr. Terry Mousbe, Program development Officer from the Ministry in the department of education declare that lack of man power prevent them for being all over the island each and anytime. Therefore he advised that they make good use of Ecoalert.