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Conservation Boot Camp

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Implementing the SDGs

At Nature Seychelles we are committed to working with government, development partners and donors in implementing relevant actions, in particular, looking at certain goals where we can build on our existing strengths. Read more

Seychelles Wildlife

Natural environment of the Seychelles

Seychelles is a unique environment, which sustains a very special biodiversity. It is special for a number of different reasons. These are the oldest oceanic islands to be found anywhere...

Bird Watching

Seychelles is a paradise for birdwatchers, you can easily see the unique land birds, the important sea bird colonies, and the host of migrants and vagrants. Some sea bird...

Seychelles Black Parrot

Black Parrot or Kato Nwar in Creolee is brown-grey in colour, not truly black. Many bird experts treat it as a local form of a species found in Madagascar and...

Fairy Tern

The Fairy (or white) Tern is a beautiful bird seen on all islands in Seychelles, even islands like Mahe where they are killed by introduced rats, cats and Barn Owls....

Introduced Land Birds

A little over two hundred years ago, there were no humans living permanently in Seychelles. When settlement occurred, people naturally brought with them the animals and plants they needed to...

Native Birds

Although over 190 different species of bird have been seen on or around the central islands of Seychelles (and the number is increasing all the time), many of these are...

Migrant Shore Birds

Shallow seas and estuaries are very rich in invertebrate life. Many birds feed on the worms, crabs and shellfish in these habitats; often, they have long bills for probing sand...

Seychelles Magpie Robin

The most endangered of the endemic birds, Seychelles Magpie Robin or Pi Santez in Creole, came close to extinction in the late twentieth century; in 1970 there were only about...

Seychelles Blue Pigeon

The Seychelles Blue Pigeon or Pizon Olande in Creole, spends much of its life in the canopy of trees and eats the fruits of figs, bwa dir, ylang ylang and...

Seychelles White-eye

The Seychelles White-eye or Zwazo Linet in Creole, is rare and endemic. They may sometimes be seen in gardens and forest over 300m at La Misere, Cascade and a few...

Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher

The Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher or the Vev in Creole is endemic to Seychelles, you cannot find this bird anywhere else on earth. Although it was once widespread on...

Seychelles Sunbird

The tiny sunbird or Kolibri in Creole, is one of the few endemic species that has thrived since humans arrived in the Seychelles.

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Achievements

  • Stopped near extinctions of birds +

    Down-listing of the critically endangered Seychelles warbler from Critically Endangered to Near Threatened. Other Seychelles birds have also been saved including the Seychelles Magpie Robin, Seychelles Fody, and the Seychelles
  • Restored whole island ecosystems +

    We transformed Cousin Island from a coconut plantation to a thriving vibrant and diverse island ecosystem. Success achieved on Cousin was replicated on other islands with similar conservation activities.
  • Championed climate change solutions +

    Nature Seychelles has risen to the climate change challenge in our region in creative ways to adapt to the inevitable changing of times.
  • Education and Awareness +

    We have been at the forefront of environmental education, particularly with schools and Wildlife clubs
  • Sustainable Tourism +

    We manage the award-winning eco-tourism programme on Cousin Island started in 1970
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INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP, LOCAL BENEFIT

After years of restoration works at the former 'wasteland' Nature Seychelles has now added another feather on her cap. The former 'wasteland' is now The Sanctuary at Roche Caiman. A wetland of international repute.

[ROCHE CAIMAN 20/05/2008] Amidst pomp, colour and glamour, the much awaited launching of the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman was unveiled in style in mid April. The inauguration of the site to the public which was presided over by Environment minister Joel Morgan among other dignitaries marked the end of a long chapter of restoration works and the beginning of a new chapter for the wetland and the entire environmental field in Seychelles. Since its launch the Sanctuary has become a popular destination spot.

Unknown to many however is that the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman, is a showcase of international partnerships benefiting local people. This facet was revealed by both Minister Morgan and the CEO of Nature Seychelles Nirmal Shah in their speeches during the opening.

The Sanctuary at Roche Caiman is indeed a tale full of anecdotes, with earthmovers sinking, fences being stolen and peccadillo misadventures. However the sterling commitment and intense international lobbying by Nature Seychelles CEO Nirmal Shah and Projects Coordinator Kerstin Henri are the result as to why the former wasteland has today become a real stunning wetland with complete adherence to world standards.

As he launched the wetland Minister Morgan remarked:

“Today we can see that our expectations have all been fulfilled. From a wasteland into a real wetland. The trust that the government had in Nature Seychelles has not been broken. With its collaboration with my ministry, the local community and its international partners Nature Seychelles has made this sanctuary into what it is today. It is a haven for resident and migrating birds including rare sightings.”

The minister didn’t stop there. He went on to pay glowing tribute to Nature Seychelles for harnessing international support for local benefit:

“This wetland fruition is testimony of the government’s real efforts in partnering with civil society. We are very keen to involve NGOs and others in environmental protection and sustainable development in general. But we need serious partners – partners like Nature Seychelles who are willing to mobilize resources, pull out all stops and roll out results for the benefit of all Seychellois.”

The sheer amount of international support and crossSeychelles Environment Minister Joel Morgan officially inaugurating the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman border appeals that Nature Seychelles managed to convince to join in the project did not come easy.

“The wetland is very important to both the Seychellois and the international community and there was no way we were going to let them down. We had to see this sanctuary becoming a success. It was difficult to convince donors to partner with us but we never gave up. The noble ideals of conservation required that we lobby intensely across the globe to secure support for the wetland.” Kerstin Henri reveals.

The Sanctuary at Roche Caiman is now fully restored and is ready to provide a convenient, close-to-town environmental resource for the people of Victoria and visiting nature enthusiasts.

“Seychelles is part and parcel of the world community of nations. As such we had to burn the midnight oil to ensure we secure international support for the Wetland. It wasn’t easy and I can remember the long lonely nights we struggled to put proposals together and severe negotiations to bring international donors on board. Last Saturday proved that we marshalled world support for local benefit.” Mr Shah recalls.

Later in an interview with both the leading US TV network, National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) Mr Shah remarked: “Today, under extensive restoration by Nature Seychelles, the sanctuary has been turned to an important outdoor classroom for school groups, a resource centre for Wildlife Clubs activities as well as an attractive site for tourists and other visitors. It offers an opportunity for exciting discoveries and provides its visitors with first hand experiences of living things in a wetland. Environmental learning is fun and that’s what we are advocating. Another reason for ‘Pour lan mour Sesel’.[ENDS]

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