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  • Issue 11 of the WIOMSA Magazine focusing on Ecosystem Restoration is out!

    This issue focuses on restoring damaged coastal ecosystems and includes Nature Seychelles' coral reef restoration project, which is celebrating 10years of action. https://www.wiomsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/WIOMSA-Magazine-Issue-11_September2020.pdf and the Nairobi Convention have jointly produced two issues of the WIOMSA Magazine focusing on restoring damaged coastal ecosystems. The publication of this issue of the Magazine[…]

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  • IUCN Congress Newsletter: Remaining ocean champions, not victims

    Cousin Island Special Reserve was the island famously bought for conservation by BirdLife International in 1968, and it is now managed by Nature Seychelles. I visited the island at the beginning of the year to inspect catastrophic coastal erosion that had occurred, and it was the first time I had[…]

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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

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Fairy Tern

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Introduced Land Birds

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Migrant Shore Birds

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Seychelles Blue Pigeon

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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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Cousin island, an important outdoor classroom

School environmental representatives – teachers who are the focal points for environment in schools – from Mahe, Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette took part recently in a half-day visit to Cousin island, a world-famous bird reserve.

For most of the teachers present it was their first visit to Cousin, or to any of the neighbouring reserves. On arrival, they were given a brief introduction to the history of island, from the time it was bought as a coconut plantation to what it is today, a well-restored sanctuary for birds and other rare species.

Divided into groups, the teachers were taken on a guided tour where they learned about the island’s biodiversity and had a chance to see a number of species, especially birds, in their natural habitat. 

Seeing such a large population of birds and how they interact with other species in the natural cycle was for many of the teachers to experience what they are teaching in their science and geography classes.  

They also learned about how the island gets its water and how the small group of staff living there try to conserve water. As there is no river or stream, water is pumped from underground, stored, filtered and distributed. Though the number of people living on the island is very small, water conservation practices are still an important issue.

The visit also formed part of a project schools are carrying out on rainwater harvesting, where they are trying to learn different ways of getting and conserving water, especially now with the global  threat of climate change .
 
The Ministry of Education would like to thank Nature Seychelles and the Cousin island staff for their support in organising this trip.

Those who took part felt the island is an ideal place to be used as an outdoor classroom, to promote science and conservation education. Some teachers are now planning to seek funding to organise visits for their students to Cousin.

Contributed by the Environmental Education Unit, Department of Education

Source: Seychelles Nation

 

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