Brigade Nature Océan Indien (BNOI)
Created in 1994 and run by the Directorate of Planning, Environment and Housing (DEAL) of Reunion, the BNOI has 8 environmental inspectors belonging to the National Hunting and wildlife Office (ONCFS), the National Agency for water and aquatic environments (ONEMA) and the Réunion National Park.
This environmental Inspection Service also receives operational support from the National Forestry Office in carrying out its missions, namely:
• Surveillance and prevention of hunting and fishing offenses,
• Protection of protected species both in land and water;
• Studies on sensitive endemic and invasive species.
The BNOI’s main activity is policing the environment, which takes 60% of its time. The BNOI carries out undertakes technical studies, particularly on vulnerable species.
It was the first to study the “Bras des Etangs” site following the discovery of Barau’s Petrel corpses there by the Cilaos police.