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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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Wood Pallets - The new frontline of the war on alien species

The government of Seychelles has announced restrictions on wood pallets that are used to ship goods to this country. The pallets have to be fumigated at the country of source before shipping. This step has been taken after alien species that could pose a danger to the country were found in pallets. A familiar sight to all Seychellois, some of whom use the timber for odds and ends, the pallets have become the new frontline of the ongoing battle with invasive species.

Wood pallets are used to ship many goods around the world. More than US$8 billion in goods is shipped annually on pallets from the United States to the European Union (EU) alone.  The wooden pallets can provide temporary sanctuary to insects and other alien invasive animals that could be harmful to human health, the environment or agriculture. Recently, several countries, have imposed regulations in response to outbreaks of long-horned beetles, requiring wood pallets to be heat-treated or fumigated before departure from the country of origin.

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)  "Guidelines  for regulating wood packaging material in international trade"  only approves of heat treatment and  fumigation by methyl bromide as legitimate pest control measures. The guidelines are the only ones recognized by the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding fumigation of wood packaging material.

The problem is that methyl bromide  is a significant ozone depleting substance. It has proven controversial among the countries that are party to the Montreal Protocol on ozone-depleting substances. After much debate they finally agreed on limited use for the purpose of fumigation. But the controversy has not gone away.

The cost of goods can also go up when new phytosanitary measures are taken. Whilst some exporters to Seychelles may have already been fumigating wood pallets, others were definitely not doing so. These new measures will impose new costs that may be passed on to us, the consumers. The difficulties that exporters have with costs of fumigation are borne out by the recent fuss between the US and the European Union (EU).

The EU, under pressure from the US, has had to postpone a new rule proposed for implementation this year that would have required wood pallets coming into the EU to be bark-free. The measure was intended to prevent tree-eating insects from entering the EU. But American makers of wooden pallets would have to spend millions and millions of dollars to de-bark pallet material.

The war on alien species is not easy or cheap. This latest offensive shows the difficulties a country like Seychelles can encounter, especially taking into account the existing constraints in the economy.

By Nirmal Jivan Shah, 16th March 2006.

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