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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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Is it really one world?

Most, if not all, Seychellois would find it extremely strange that some people who “have it all” in countries like the US and UK are determined to leave “all that” behind and live simpler lives with few possessions, no television or radio, and many times living off the land. Whilst we crave for shops that contain all manner of things, thousands and thousands of people in the richer countries are deliberately turning their backs on what they believe is blind consumerism and environmental over-consumption.

I have just  finished reading what most people here would find a weird book. It is  hand-lettered and illustrated  by Dan Price, one of the growing number of Americans who has gone in search of what he calls an authentic life – “a life we’ve each “hand made” for ourselves, rather than one dictated by outside circumstances”. Price has helped to fashion a trend that’s been variously referred to as “downshifting,” “opting out,” or “simple living.”

His message is: you can live a life of freedom, in harmony with the rhythms of nature, and your own internal rhythm and you can live very well with very little. The book describes Price’s 14-year effort to find simplicity in a meadow in Oregon in the US. Renting two acres for $100, Price builds huts and experiments with reducing his life to bare essentials.

Impressed by Native American life, Price first builds a tipi, then lives in a “hobbit hole,” a shed built of old wood. He throws away much of what he originally considered important. The TV is abandoned when he realizes he doesn’t recognize programs he has already seen. He wants to be free to do the things he loves.

Reviewers of the book say it is engaging story of one man prospering spiritually and mentally by turning toward an ecologically balanced life. But most people in Seychelles would not understand this or sympathize with it. To them Price’s account is one of poverty and squalor. His account may be familiar to some only in that they have escaped such a life and do not want to return.

This illustrates a significant gap between the thinking of Western people and those from the developing world. Whilst many people from North America and Europe are weary of their lives, possessions and popular culture, people from the developing world are eager to adopt the same.  Which is the right way? The answer is of course up to the individual but in many cases one does not have the choice. Only one option is thrust upon you. Price made a choice through his own free will, and that’s the difference.


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

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