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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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Are molds an environmental health problem in Seychelles?

Are you constantly sniffing and suffering from respiratory problems and feeling generally run down? Perhaps you have allergic reactions from exposure to molds at home or in the office. Environmental health standards in Europe and the US state that high relative humidity, over 50 percent, encourages biological agents, such as bacteria and viruses, house-dust mites, and molds, to grow and be released into the air. But here in Seychelles the humidity can be much higher!

In many bathrooms in Seychelles one can see ugly mold growing. I sent a sample some years ago to be identified and it turned out to be a ubiquitous mold called Aspergillus that can be found in the same conditions all around the world. But other molds can also grow. The presence of any of these molds can be a serious issue because they are known to trigger respiratory problems and other health symptoms.

Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints. Asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease. There are several triggers that can start asthmatic attacks, which include pollen, dust and dust mites, cockroaches and molds.

Molds produce tiny spores which drift both indoors and outdoors. When mold spores land on a damp spot indoors, they may begin growing and digesting whatever they are growing on in order to survive.  When excessive moisture or water accumulates indoors, rapid mold growth will often occur.

Kitchens and bathrooms can have even higher relative humidity levels than the surrounding environment. This can be expected since those are the two rooms where water is used, but usually there are problem areas that could be fixed to reduce the humidity in those rooms.
Where bathrooms are not installed correctly there are moisture leaks sufficient to fill the floor under the basins, showers or tubs. Because these leaks are hidden, one does not see the damage occurring. Some houses in Seychelles seem to have these conditions in which very large populations of mold can grow.

Because we cannot control humidity outdoors, the best thing to do to reduce the growth of mold is to control moisture indoors. Stop leaks anywhere in the house and eliminate any moisture spots. If you can, use dehumidifiers like I do at home to control indoor humidity. Increase ventilation in bathrooms and kitchens and prevent condensation. Remove mold wherever you see it growing. If you do all these things perhaps you will feel better and reduce respiratory and allergic problems.

By Nirmal Jivan Shah, Nature Seychelles' CEO.

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