Kerstin Henri (right), Nature Seychelles and Judith Semilota signing the funding agreement, with Susane Rose of the US Consular Office in Seychelles (standing) © C. Jameson
'There are precious few freshwater wetlands remaining today in Seychelles,' says Nature Seychelles Chief Executive Nirmal Shah. 'What we are seeking to provide here is ready access to a wetland sanctuary that is close to Seychelles' main centre of population. At the same time, we want to maintain the special features of the site that make it so attractive to wildlife. Donor funding has been extremely slow in coming because of matters beyond our control, so this assistance from the US is very welcome,' he continued.
The Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles are also beneficiaries of the US Embassy's support for worthy causes. For details, please see WCS news.
'We are delighted to do what we can to help such worthwhile projects,' said Judith Semilota, Management Officer at the US Embassy in Nairobi. 'Environmental awareness and education are so important today, and anything that can be done to allow more people access to real wildlife experiences we wholeheartedly support.'