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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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Lost beaches lead to millions of Rupees spent

Beaches are being lost very year. I remember beaches that are now only memories. Climate phenomena are some of the causes of our receding coastline. But human activities also result in beach erosion.  

We all know that extraction of beach sand is still going on although a ban has been in force for more than 15 years. One estimate puts it at 500 tons removed from beaches every year. Other inappropriate activities include removal of coastal vegetation, removal of beach rock or “pave”  and building of walls on the shore.

Despite what people believe, the majority of  sea walls cannot hold back the ocean and are usually undermined by the sea. But before that happens, the walls can cause beaches to lose sand. A sandy beach usually turns to a rocky one very quickly in these situations. A solid pier also acts like a wall but has an even more startling effect because it can interrupt the current that transports sediments and thus lead to erosion of the beach on one side.

About 50 beaches in the three main granitic islands are eroding. An example is a tourist establishment on Praslin that lost the beach next to very quickly because coral and ‘pave’ was removed and a sea wall built. This, despite the fact that I and others at the time the destruction was underway, warned that a disaster was in the making. The hotel has had to truck sand in to re-build the beach. How much has been the cost and how long will the artificial beach last?

We have never estimated what the costs to tourism are when beaches become eroded, less comfortable or disappear altogether. If this is done I am certain the figures would concern most of us. It is estimated that coastal protection in the form of rock armouring and groins can cost the country about a million rupees every year if all the sandy beaches on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue are to be protected

We cannot hope to control the forces of nature. What we need to do is understand these forces and work with them. For example, we know that beaches protected by fringing reefs are more prone to human disturbance and resulting erosion than beaches that are more open to ocean influences. Therefore, necessary action should be taken in these places. We can protect our beaches and save millions of rupees by checking to see that our activities and development are environmentally appropriate.

By Nirmal Shah, Nature Seychelles' CEO, published on The People Newspaper, Seychelles
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