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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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Wherefore art thou Sustainable Development?

WindmillsBy N.Tirant, Today in Seychelles. At the opening of the Seychelles-Reunion sustainable energy fair yesterday I listened attentively to the Environment and Energy Minister Rolph Payet touting Seychelles’ green credentials. But I could not help but note that the minister forgot to mention those huge links that Seychelles has established with dirty fossil-fuel. Seychelles only very recently entered the renewable energy sector. Until the wind turbines became operational mid-year, polluting diesel generators have been the only source of electricity and we all use oil-powered vehicles. All this time the country has been spending billions of Rupees buying fossil fuels as well as the infrastructure needed to store and use the fuel.

As we curse climate change and blame the developed countries for continuing to burn fossil fuels and cause global warming, we have ourselves invested very little into renewable energies. Compared to our neighbours Mauritius and Reunion, Seychelles is far behind in terms of generating power from renewable energy sources.

In fact, by subsidizing the utilities provider and public transport all these years through the parastatal oil importing company we have encouraged a stronger dependency on fossil fuels through a national reliance on cheap rates for electricity and cheap fares for bus rides.

These policies in 2012 cost the company (SEYPEC) a total of SCR103 million, with SCR52 million and SCR4.1 million to PUC and SPTC respectively, and SCR47 million in LPG subsidy, explained the Finance Minister when he presented the 2013 budget in the National Assembly last year.

In addition, we have been very actively promoting oil exploration in our Exclusive Economic Zone as well as investing heavily in the transport and sale of oil.

One of the largest single investments this country has ever made in its history has been to build 6 oil tankers that ply the world carrying cargo that our own politicians admit is the reason for global warming. Whilst no definitive figure of the investment is readily available, some reports have estimated that the cost has been in the hundreds of millions of rupees – much more than would be needed to solve the country’s perennial water problem!

It is just these types of investments and partnerships that Seychelles has made in the fossil fuel industry which have played a role in preventing efforts to limit worldwide emissions and promote greener forms of energy.
“Seychelles has been kidnapped by the oil industry,” says one prominent environmentalist, adding, “We have allowed our public officials, funds and infrastructure to be used to subsidize and expand a dangerous, outdated energy model that only benefits the bottom line of oil and gas companies.”

As the saying goes, “it is never too late to do good!” provided, of course, the intention is to do just that! Now that we are deeply committed to sustainable development and renewable energy, will the discovery of an oil field in our waters take us back to our old ‘smoking’ days? Only time will tell.

This article initially appeared in the Editorial of Today in Seychelles on 26.10.2013. Reproduced with permission.

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