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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...

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

coralsToday, 26 October 2010, Nature Seychelles is launching a pilot project to restore corals in Seychelles. The three-year project, called Reef Rescuers - Restoring Coral Reefs in the Face of Climate Change is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for USD 513,825.00

Coral reefs in the Indian Ocean are dying from the worst bleaching effect in more than a decade. The bleaching, triggered by a large pool of warm water which swept into the Indian Ocean in May this year, has caused corals from Indonesia to the Seychelles to whiten and die. The Seychelles was already very badly hit by the 1998 bleaching.

Now, in an exciting move Nature Seychelles is launching a pilot project to restore corals in Seychelles. The three-year project, called Reef Rescuers- Restoring Coral Reefs in the Face of Climate Change is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for USD 513,825.00.

Nirmal Shah, Nature Seychelles Chief Executive says, “Coral reefs are extremely important for Seychelles-they provide us with food, coastal protection, the sources of our beautiful beaches, revenue and employment in the fishing and the diving sectors, and so much more. Dead and dying reefs are calamitous for the state of our nation”

The Project will involve other organizations in Seychelles as well as the region including the Mauritius Oceanographic Institute and the Institute of Marine Sciences based in Zanzibar who will also provide counterpart support.  The project supports USAID’s strategic global commitments to partner with governments, civil society organizations and other relevant stakeholders to address the impacts of climate change.  

Shah says, “Over the past years people just kept on talking about coral bleaching –scientists seemed only interested in studying the bleaching and publishing papers. We decided to do something about it and use our skills and experience in restoring ecosystems on land and in saving rare birds and do the same under the sea.”

The project will grow corals of a variety of species and then plant them on selected sites. Whilst growing they will be protected from predators and other disturbances. The pilot project will bring in participants from Seychelles and several countries of the region to learn the techniques and to undertake similar activities throughout the Seychelles and Western Indian Ocean region.

The Project will be launched today, Tuesday 26th October at 1400 hours by US Ambassador Mary Jo Wills,  Minister Peter Sinon and Nature Seychelles Chief Executive Dr. Nirmal Shah at the Nature Seychelles headquarters at Roche Caiman.

Nature Seychelles thanks the US Ambassador, Mary Jo Wills and her staff for their assistance and USAID for supporting the project.

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