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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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Un-natural Disasters

tsunamiThe Memorial Mural to the victims of the 1862 “Lavalas” comes at a time when natural disasters have been a national preoccupation since the 1998 El Nino-induced rains and the huge downpour after the Tsunami. Yet 35 years ago I heard the head of the International Red Cross say ‘there is no such thing as a natural disaster. There are only man-made ones.’

This is still a controversial statement because it implies that people cause disasters. In fact what he was trying to say is that we create situations where we become vulnerable to disasters. The “lavalas” is a case in point. In 1862 a cyclone hit the Seychelles. The huge downpour that followed has been blamed for causing the massive landslip that led to 80 fatalities and massive property damage.

But, a man made disaster was waiting to happen and it only needed the rains to trigger it. The hillsides of Mahe had been denuded of natural forest over a period of almost 100 years. Wood was used for the “calorifers”, for construction and for shipbuilding. Much of our precious hardwood was also exported. At the time of the cyclone, the St. Louis road was also being developed and the river had been dammed and diverted to allow for the pass to be created. The rains poured down the bare hills carrying red earth and rocks, burst the man-made barrages and came down onto Victoria like a huge wall of earth, rocks, trees and water.

Unplanned and in-appropriate development and poorly constructed infrastructure is known to have been the cause of many of the disasters both in 1997 and after the Tsunami. Disasters, in many cases, have their root in a certain breed of people who believe they know better than everyone else. The “know-it-alls” cut into hillsides, divert steams, remove vegetation, build walls on beaches, reclaim marshes and light uncontrolled fires.

What usually happens is disaster: landslips, rock falls, floods, loss of beaches, bush fires and collapse of structures. Not only have they abused the environment but ultimately themselves and others. In many cases it is the Government, NGOs and insurance companies that have to pick up the tab.

It is high time that we realise environmental damage caused by our own short-sighted activities not only ruin our unique natural landscape but actually cost lives and millions of rupees in repair costs. And the repair rarely if ever brings the original environment back. A quote by Theodore Fox in The Dictionary of Scientific Quotations is appropriate to be repeated here “We shall have to learn to refrain from doing things merely because we know how to do them”.

Nirmal Shah

Article originally appeared in the author's Gaia Column, The People, 12.10.2012

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