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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.



  • 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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Stopping the Terminator Seeds

Recently, a friend described her spectacularly unsuccessful attempt at growing seeds gathered from imported vegetables. What she had probably encountered are Terminator Seeds. No, this is not the latest Sci-Fi movie from Arnold “Terminator” Swarzeneger. It is rather a technology that genetically engineers plants to produce sterile seeds.
In 2000, the nations that are party to the Convention on Biological  Diversity (CBD) agreed to adopt a moratorium on these sterile seed technologies, also known by the great sounding name of  GURTS (Genetic Use Restriction Technologies). But, now in the upcoming meeting of the CBD in Brazil to be held from March 20th to 31st, the powerful biotechnology companies are planning to go all out to have the moratorium canceled.

Monsanto, the world's largest seed and agri-tech company has said that it will use Terminator seeds in non-food crops and does not rule out other uses of Terminator in the future. In 1999, the company had made a landmark public pledge not to commercialize "Terminator Technology". But now it has reneged on this promise.

Why should we be worried about what some may think are issues remote to our lives? In reality Terminator Seeds concern everyone from the US to Seychelles. More than 300 organizations from around the world have recently said there should be a global ban on Terminator Technology because it threatens biodiversity and the livelihoods and cultures of the 1.4 billion people who depend on saved seeds.

Terminator Seeds are called “suicide seeds” by some farmers because they have led to hundreds of farmers in India and other places committing suicide because the seeds they saved from planted crops did not grow and therefore ruined them.

In a statement broadcasted over the internet, Via Campesina, an organization representing hundreds of millions of peasant farmers worldwide said: “Terminator is a direct assault on farmers, indigenous cultures and on the food sovereignty and well-being of all rural people, primarily the very poorest. If Monsanto bullies the UN into allowing Terminator, it means farmers will be carried off the land coffin by coffin."

Environmentalists say Monsanto and other companies are determined that nothing should be grown unless their fees and licenses are paid.  If governments at the CBD give in to the companies and undermine the Terminator moratorium everyone from large to small countries will suffer, say the environmentalists. Without doubt, the collateral damage will be the integrity and fertility of nature. Seychelles is a party to the CBD and at the meeting in Brazil we must join with other countries to stop this assault on the environment and on people’s livelihoods.

By Nirmal Jivan Shah, 9th March 2006

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Since 1998.

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