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Conservation Boot Camp

Bootstrap your career in conservation. Whether you want to to break into conservation or bolster your experience and knowledge, join the world's first Conservation Boot Camp where you can gain a much coveted, unique and exclusive experince working in a world renowned and multiple award winning nature reserve...Read more

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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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We want more women in conservation

Arriving on Cousin Island Special Reserve, visitors will not fail to notice the enthusiastic group of female wardens who will welcome them to the island. It might be the driver of the boat,  one of the people pushing the boat or the person leading a tour of the island. Now numbering four staff  members, their presence on Cousin is a result of Nature Seychelles actively promoting equal opportunity for both men and women. This is not only reflected in the desk jobs perceived to be easier on women but in field jobs which require both physical and mental competency.  Many of the volunteers who a visitor would meet on the island are also female.

"We have a well developed  Gender Policy in our Administrative and Staff Handbook. This and other related policies aimed at empowering both men and women have ensured that women receive the same attention, salaries and opportunities as do their male counterparts." Says Kerstin Henri, Nature Seychelles' Director for Strategic Operations.

"Women now make up 60 percent of our staff including being in senior positions - a fact that we are very proud of." She says.

Among Nature Seychelles women staff are an economist, a science officer based on Cousin, a communications officer, four wardens, a horticulturalist based at the Heritage Garden at Roche Caiman and management staff at the Mahe and Praslin offices.

"Opportunities for growth such as training are offered to both men and women. Talents and skills are actively cultivated. A woman who wants to work in areas where men are traditionally preferred such as boat operation is encouraged to utilise and develop  their skills. In fact I have always felt that there are certain conservation jobs that women are better at than men." Says Nirmal Shah Nature Seychelles' Chief Executive.

And for the women, their greatest reward comes from the contribution they make to nature conservation.

Women have long played a key role in environmental conservation. Winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, Wangari Maathai, is a well know environmental advocate who founded the Green Belt Movement in Kenya in the 1970s. Her movement brought positive change to women in rural areas through tree planting and inspired countless other women across the globe.

The first Seychellois Minister of the Environment (Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Environment and Tourism) was Danielle de Saint Jorre. She is recognised for the significant contributions she made in environment protection programmes in Seychelles.

In her memory, since the year 2000 the International Ocean Institute presents a Scholarship annually for one woman from Small Island Developing States (SIDS) involved in marine related research activities to improve their knowledge. Her portrait is among those of other leading environmental figures  gracing the walls of the conference  room at Nature Seychelles headquarters.

Following in the footsteps of these women and knowing that they are making a contribution to environmental conservation in the Seychelles is a huge inspiration for the women at Nature Seychelles.

Partners & Awards

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Our History

Since 1998.

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Centre for Environment & Education

Roche Caiman,

P.O. Box 1310, Mahe, Seychelles

Tel:+ 248 4601100

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Email: nature@seychelles.net