President James Michel has said that the populace should share ownership of coastal areas. The President made this landmark statement recently during his visit to erosion-prone coastal areas. The President said the public cannot rely on government to do everything. I believe this is one of the most important policy statements about management of the environment in the last 30 years.
I moved from the beautiful coast of Anse a La Mouche to the foothills of the Trois Freres Mountain which overlooks the Seychelles’ capital city Victoria because I thought sea level rise and other climatic events would flood the area. Now I am told that that there are no sea level rises around the Seychelles. In fact, since the 1960s there have been substantial decreases in sea levels in the south tropical region of the Indian Ocean including the Seychelles and Zanzibar according to a study just released.
A computer games developer in the US, Britton La Roche, while theorising in order to build a games simulator has managed to cause panic by predicting a Tsunami on July 22, 2009. Nirmal Shah comments on how the media and the internet community have reacted as if this was a scientific fact and have managed to stir panic throughout Asia and the Indian Ocean region.
Fighting tears in his eyes, Nirmal remembers another scion of Seychelles conservation Lyall Watson a science writer, conservationist and polymath who passed on, recently.