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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.

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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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Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA)

LMMA

Project Name: Enhancing coastal and marine socio-ecological resilience and biodiversity conservation in the Western Indian Ocean.
Funded by: The German International Climate Initiative (IKI) through the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
Coordinated by: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Covering: Mozambique and Seychelles with collaboration from Kenya and Tanzania.
Implemented in Seychelles by: Nature Seychelles

The Western Indian Ocean region lacks coherent systems of governance to support more diverse management of marine and coastal resources by local people and civil society actors. As a result, the local-level benefits from conservation are inadequately maximised, as resource users rarely play an equitable role in decision- making and responsibility for formal marine protected areas. Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) are still a relatively new concept in the region, and therefore their geographic scope is currently limited. The project will engage at multiple levels in order to establish LMMAs. The total project budget is 4.25 million Euros from the IKI fund with matching funding from implementing partners.

Co-management is included in the Protected Areas Policy of Seychelles and is enshrined in the new draft National Parks and Reserves Bill. In addition, other developments such as the establishment of PPP policy (Private and Public Partnerships) for Seychelles and co-management of fisheries around Praslin Island are all relevant. In Seychelles the project will be implemented by Nature Seychelles, an IUCN Member. The project will last for 4 years and has political support from the MEECC and the Blue Economy Department. The budget from IKI is Euros 680,000.00. With counterpart funding from Nature Seychelles and technical, and capacity building assistance from IUCN, the project will cost almost a million Euros for the Seychelles component.

The project will hire several full time technical and field staff and work with stakeholders including community members, fishers association, tourism and business partners, and government agencies in one site chosen through assessments and participatory processes. At the site level, the project will, with the collaboration of the community and others build infrastructure, such as a visitors facility and a lifeguard station, undertake conservation and restoration actions, provide training and equipment, deliver public awareness programs, support sustainable tourism and fisheries and promote sustainable funding mechanisms. At a strategic level it will: 1. assist in strengthening the enabling institutional environment through policy influencing, advocacy, awareness and capacity building at national levels, and 2. promote international inputs such as the Green List system for certification of protected areas, as well as regional collaboration.

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

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. During the Ocean Conference held in New York between 5th and 9th June 2017, Nature Seychelles became a partner in the MARECO Project which will work to Increase the awareness of children for the sustainable use of Coral Reefs and their resources. Through our Marine Conservation and Reef Rescuers work, we continue to be committed to the Call for Action (Our Ocean, Our Future) as outlined vis-à-vis the Ocean Goal.

Other SDG goals in which we have existing projects include: (3) Good Health – Green Health Program; (7) Renewable Energy – Solar Power on Cousin Island; (8) Good Jobs & Economic Growth – 13th Month Salary; (9) Innovation & Infrastructure – Blue Economy Knowledge Centre; (11) Sustainable Cities & Communities – Urban Wetland Management (13) Climate Action – Reef Rescuers Project; (14) Life Below Water – Marine Reserve on Cousin; (15) Life on Land – Wildlife Habitat on Cousin (17) Partnership for the Goals – Geffroys, MTC, Min of Agriculture, Rotary,  Kreolor,

We are actively seeking new partners and sources of funding to move the SDGs from agenda to action in Seychelles. Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.    

Nature inspired technologies to drive the economy forward

The original Blue Economy concept by Gunter Pauli was to look for the best nature-inspired technologies to shift society from scarcity to abundance by tackling environmental and other problems in new ways. The Seychelles is championing the “Blue Economy” as its future sustainable development model. At the moment there is a need to elucidate, at the least, the corners of what is meant by the Blue Economy for Seychelles as it may be all things to all men and women.

At Nature Seychelles we are convinced that the Seychelles Blue Economy model must offer a new analytical framework as well as a new way of crafting our common future. We have established a Blue Economy centre which will assist in building the content of the Seychelles Blue Economy model. The centre is headed by Ms. Kerstin Henri an experienced Seychellois economist who has worked in the developmental and environmental fields in Seychelles for over 20 years.

The centre will bring together the best practices and knowledge from various programs that Nature Seychelles is working in including research, eco-tourism, coastal & marine conservation and restoration, and climate change adaptation, as well as contributions from national and international partners. The centre will seek to source funding for innovative projects that will contribute to the building blocks of the Seychelles’ Blue Economy. 

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The Reef Rescuers Project

camila reef rescuers

The planet’s oceans are under severe threat from climate change which has recently been identified as the single most palpable threat to all marine ecosystems. The impact of climate change on global coral reefs has been devastating, threatening the livelihoods of millions of people including coastal communities within Eastern Africa and the islands of the Western Indian Ocean. Over the past two decades, coral reefs within the region have suffered widespread degradation through a series of ocean warming events and subsequent coral bleaching. This resulted in an average loss of 90 % live coral cover in 1998 and a further 50 % loss in 2016. In addition to coral mortality, coral bleaching inhibits overall reef health and resilience capacity, coral reproduction and increases disease prevalence.

Motivated by slow post-bleaching recovery rates, the ‘Reef Rescuers’ project was developed to restore the fringing coral reef within Cousin Island Special Reserve. The first-ever large-scale reef restoration project began in 2010 with the financial support of the United States Agency for International Development  (USAID). Further financial support was received under the Government of Seychelles-Global Environment Facility (GEF)-United Nations Development Project (UNDP) Protected Area Project in 2011 in 2011. Utilising the ‘coral gardening’ concept, fragments of healthy coral were collected, raised in underwater nurseries and then transplanted onto a degraded reef. Since 2010, 40,000 corals have been raised in underwater nurseries, of which over 24,000 were successfully transplanted, covering the area of a football field (5,225 m2). The long-term success of the project is currently being assessed, with initial data demonstrating an increase in both coral recruit and fish densities following the intervention, highlighting the benefits of active reef restoration. 

The project has already had a very positive knowledge-building impact, with over 40 scientific divers and volunteers trained on reef restoration techniques and the first-ever Reef Rescuers Training program delivered in 2015, with six multinational trainees successfully completing the eight-week training program. A second regional training program fro the Western Indian Ocean region was delivered to participants from Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Rodrigues in 2018. To further disseminate knowledge gained from the ongoing Reef Rescuers project, a ‘Reef Restoration Toolkit’ has been published, highlighting lessons learned and restoration best practices. 

Programme News

Saving the Giant Clams

Constance Lemuria and Nature Seychelles to restore coral reefs

Senior United States Official visits Nature Seychelles’ conservation sites

Black Pearl Seychelles Ltd donates Giant Clams to Reef Rescuers

Restauration des récifs coralliens des Seychelles (French, Plongeur.com Magazine)

Nursing Indian Ocean coral reefs back to life (Deutsche Welle)

US Ambassador praises coral project

Saving Seychelles’ Corals and Livelihoods (Green Africa Directory)

Help in deep waters

US Navy personnel give back to conservation projects

Reef Rescuers: The people who plant corals

A day in the life of a reef rescuer

Building coral reefs of the future

Reef rescue: ordinary people can participate too

Reef Rescue project begins

Press Release: Launching of project to save reefs from climate change

Videos

Reef Rescuers Project Launch (SBC news segment in Creole)

French Documentary on Reef Rescuers Project (Franck Fougère-Gnagni - Les Seychelles, Une Seconde vie pour le Corail + BONUS Longitude 181 et François Sarano)

See more on Nature Seychelles You Tube Channel

Audio

Saving coral reefs in the Seychelles (Radio piece by Deutsche Welle)

Partners & Awards

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Our History

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