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Conservation Boot Camp

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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...

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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...

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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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Call for applications: Leaders in Coral Reef Restoration Training Workshop, Seychelles

1-10 June 2019 - Praslin Island, Seychelles

Coral fragments on rope nursery Nature Seychelles Chloe Shute

ABOUT THE LEADERS IN CORAL REEFS RESTORATION TRAINING WORKSHOP

This is a two-week intensive full-time 120 hours’ hands-on, in-water practical program. In addition to providing an experience on what is involved in coral reef restoration using the coral reef gardening concept, the workshop touches on basic principles of restoration ecology, current best practices for coral reef restoration, appropriate design and logistics.

The workshop will be divided into a series of classroom lessons and field activities. It will be coordinated by Dr Phanor H Montoya-Maya of the NGO Corales de Paz and Research Associate to Nature Seychelles, the NGO responsible for the largest coral reef restoration project completed to date in the Indian Ocean: the USAID/UNDP-GEF-funded “Reef Rescuers: Restoring Reefs in the Face of Climate Change”. The current Reef Rescuers Project Technical Coordinators, Paul Anstey and Chloe Shute, will assist in training and logistics.

The sessions will be held at the Reef Rescuers, Centre for Ocean Restoration Awareness & Learning (CORAL) in Praslin Island, Seychelles, which is about 20 min flight from Mahe, the island capital. All field activities will be carried out on SCUBA diving equipment. This workshop will result in the first cohort of Coral Reef Restoration Leaders, a collaboration between Corales de Paz, the Noble Caledonia Charitable Trust  and Nature Seychelles.

ONLINE COMPONENT OF THE WORKSHOP

Before attending the workshop in the Seychelles, participants will be required to complete an online course in coral reef restoration presented by The Nature Conservancy's Reef Resilience Network. Through this course, participants will learn critical background information on reef restoration best practices and have the opportunity to discuss concepts with peers and course mentors who are experts in the field. The online course runs from April 15 - May 24th, 2019, and will include the following lessons: 

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Restoration & Project Planning
  • Lesson 2: Restoring Coral Populations with Coral Gardening
  • Lesson 3: Restoring Coral Populations with Larval Propagation 
  • Lesson 4: Restoring Reef Structure for Coastal Resilience
  • Lesson 5: Emergency and Rapid Response Restoration
  • Lesson 6: Monitoring for Restoration Success

Combining the online course with the hands-on workshop will be a very effective means of training as you will spend time on background knowledge prior to the in-person workshop where hands-on practice will be the major focus.

OBJECTIVES

  • After the e-learning and field training period the participants will be able to:
  • Understand key considerations for planning a restoration project
  • Describe common restoration techniques including coral gardening and monitoring
  • Make informed decisions on the need and suitability of a coral reef restoration project
  • Identify the logistics and funding needs of a coral restoration project
  • Build mid water coral nurseries
  • Populate coral nurseries
  • Outplant corals onto a degraded reef site

Participants will also experience the process of selecting and evaluating donor, nursery and transplantation sites; maintaining nurseries; and monitoring of nursery and transplantation components.

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PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS

This workshop targets community leaders and reef practitioners from the Western Indian Ocean region (Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Reunion Island, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa and Tanzania) who are working or plan to work on coral reef restoration in their home countries; people that don't have the resources to pay for such training but are committed to coral reef conservation. The objective is to build capacity for people living in the WIO region and to improve coral reef conservation efforts at a local and national scale in the region. For application, applicants must mention how they will apply the knowledge and skills gained in their home reefs. A product of the training program is a draft proposal of a project the applicant would like to undertake back home.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

  • Interested participants are invited to submit their application package to Corales de Paz using the online form that can be found in this link: https://goo.gl/forms/skyuuMsDUjHCOYlu2
  • Applications must be completed in English. If another language is used, it would be helpful to include a summary of the CV in English
  • An application will be deemed admissible only if it is sent by the deadline and includes the documents referred to below. All documents submitted by applicants should be duly filled in, legible and signed

Supporting documents: 

Each application shall include the following documents:

  • A cover letter explaining the applicant's motivation for answering this call and stating what contribution the applicant could make to the workshop and to coral reef conservation in the region
  • A selection criteria form duly filled in documenting how the applicant fulfils the selection criteria listed below of this call
  • A CURRICULUM VITAE (CV) for the individual, preferably not exceeding three pages. We suggest that CVs shall be submitted in the European format and must include two professional references

Additional supporting documents (e.g. diving certifications) may be requested at a later stage.

IMPORTANT DATES

  • 22 March 2019: Deadline for applications
  • April 15 - May 24 2019: On-line component of the training
  • June 1 - 10 2019: Hands-on workshop in Praslin Island, Seychelles

WORKSHOP TUITION

All course fees are covered. Also covered are onsite accommodation at the Reef Rescuers, Centre for Ocean Restoration Awareness & Learning (CORAL) in Praslin Island, Seychelles and flight costs from home countries. Selected applicants will be required to pay a registration fee of US$200 on arrival in the Seychelles, which would then be returned as seed funding towards their project on successful completion of the workshop.

SELECTION CRITERIA

Corales de Paz and the selection committee will take the following criteria into account when assessing applications:

  • Proven and relevant competence and experience as leaders in his/her community, in the conservation of marine ecosystems and/or at least in coral reefs of the Western Indian Ocean and/or worldwide
  • Proven and relevant experience and interest in setting up coral reef conservation (i.e. protection and restoration) projects at the country and/or international level
  • Proven and relevant competence and experience in diving using SCUBA equipment (at least 50 logged sea dives)
  • Good knowledge of the English language, allowing active participation in the discussions

CONTACT INFORMATION

For all inquiries regarding this this training please contact Dr Phanor H Montoya-Maya, via phmontoya @ coralesdepaz.org, with a copy to info @ coralesdepaz.org

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Reef Rescuers Training

REEF RESCUERS TRAINING PROGRAM: PRASLIN, REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES; 29TH JUNE – 7TH AUGUST 2015

Background
Reef Rescuers is a coral reef restoration project funded by USAID (United States Agency for International Development), implemented by Nature Seychelles, a leading environmental NGO located in Seychelles, Indian Ocean. The project aims to restore coral reefs by adopting current best practice methods to test coral reef restoration at a large scale (more than 10,000 coral transplants). Based on the “reef gardening” concept, these current best practice methods, promulgated by the World Bank/GEF Coral Reef Targeted Research were used with the assistance of international experts. The first phase generated a pool of 40,000 farmed coral colonies (fragments from healthy donor colonies, or corals of opportunity –corals detached with no chance of survival) reared in underwater nurseries to transplantable size. The second phase consisted of transplanting over 25,000 nursery-grown corals onto a degraded reef. In the process, Reef Rescuers developed new techniques suitable for large scale coral reef restoration with the resources found at SIDS (Small Island Developing States). We are now offering certified training in coral reef restoration based on our experience.

         

Course description
This 6-week training program is designed for scientists, managers, practitioners, and local communities requiring a solid foundation on coral reef restoration using the coral reef gardening concept. The course curriculum requires previous knowledge of basic reef ecology, the scientific method and SCUBA diving certification.

In addition to learning how to complete a coral reef restoration project using the coral reef gardening concept, how to build mid water nurseries and how to outplant corals onto a degraded reef site, the course provides guidance on appropriate design, logistics, and evaluation of the project based on the Reef Rescuers’ experience in the Republic of Seychelles, Western Indian Ocean. Thus, the program includes practice of low-cost field tested methods as well as troubleshooting problems encountered in field conditions.

COURSE CONTENT
Week 1 
Academic sessions
-Registration and introduction
-Review of coral reef ecology concepts
-Defining coral reef restoration and coral reef gardening
-Donor site and coral species selection
-Selection of sites for reef restoration and nursery constructing
Practical sessions
-SCUBA diving skills check-up
-Coral and fish identification 
-Site selection surveys
-Donor site and species surveys

Week 2 
Academic and practical sessions
-Site demarcation 
-Net nursery construction
-Rope nursery construction

Week 3
Academic and practical sessions
-Donor fragment collection
-Nursery stocking
-Nursery maintenance
-Rope and net nursery transfer

Week 4 
Academic sessions
-Preparing for coral transplantation
-Demographic and spatial considerations for transplantation
-Methods of coral transplantation 
-Practical sessions 
-Transportation of corals to transplantation site
-Natural cleaning stations 
-Cement transplantation of individual colonies

Week 5
Academic and sessions
-Underwater survey methods
-Scientific data quality control and archiving
-Monitoring of donor, nursery-grown and translated colonies
-Resilience assessment of coral reefs
-Research project design and execution
Practical sessions
-Small-research projects design and fieldwork 
-Monitoring donor and control colonies
-Monitoring nursery colonies
-Monitoring transplantation site
-Resilience assessment of coral reefs

Week 6 
Academic sessions
-Project management
-Team selection
-Field operations
-Funding reef restoration projects
-Data analysis and reporting 
Practical sessions
-Small-research projects fieldwork
-Small-research projects presentations
-Course evaluation
-Course debriefing

Prerequisites
The course is aimed to scientists, managers, practitioners, and local communities actively working in the field of marine biology and reef conservation. Practical marine research experience, however limited, will be helpful, but is not required. SCUBA certification is required and applicants will need to meet Nature Seychelles’ standards for "temporary diver" status.

Costs
The total cost is US $2,950 for the course. The cost includes accommodation, supplies, boat trips, tanks and weights, air fills, and facility fees, but does not cover travel and meals. You should bring your own laptop and dive gear (except tanks and weights).

Instructors
Sarah Frias-Torres, PhD, Reef Rescuers Coordinator
Phanor Montoya-Maya, PhD, Reef Rescuers Technical/Scientific officer

OUR STAFF

To enroll
By April 24, 2015, send an email with “Reef Rescuers Training Program 2015” in the subject line to Dr Phanor H Montoya-Maya (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), indicating your interest (i.e. why do you want to take this course? how will you use the training in your career?) and a CV. Please specify how likely you are to participate, assuming that you will have to pay $2,950 by the end of May. The course is limited to 8 participants.

Volunteer for Hawksbill turtle monitoring

Nature Seychelles manages Cousin Island, an important breeding habitat for the Critically Endangered hawksbill turtle. A monitoring programme has been running on the island since 1970. Over the last 40 years there has been an eight fold increase in the number of nesting turtles.

While the turtle population has been slowly increasing in the Seychelles since the ban on its exploitation, the species is still at risk from different factors such as poaching, anthropogenic activities (by-catch in fisheries) or climate change. We still need to closely monitor the hawksbill population to detect early trend be it positive and negative.

Every September we take teams of volunteers to help us with the turtle monitoring.Volunteers form part of a small team of 3 or 4 undertaking regular patrols (1-2 hours) on the island for hawksbill turtles. This may involve early morning and late evening patrols. You may also have opportunity to be involved in the analysis and interpretation of the data collected. All necessary training will be provided, but preference will be given to volunteers with previous turtle monitoring experience.

Patrols will be carried out in pairs and on a rota. Free time on the island can be used to relax. There may also be the opportunity to undertake a small personal research projects. Weekends may be available for travel off the island, depending on the patrol rota.

If you would like to join one of our turtle team please visit this page on the Cousin Island Website

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As a non-governmental organisation, we receive no government support for our work. We have to raise all the funds necessary to carrying out our conservation projects. You can play an important role in contributing to the success of our work by becoming a member of Nature Seychelles. In return we will keep you updated with the activities your subscription is helping to support and you will be able to take part in special events and activities organised for our members.

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