Seychelles has banned the use of set gill nets for shark fishing, enacted specific legislation to ban hunting of the whale shark and recently introduced new legislation to control shark fining. Nature Seychelles strongly supports these measures.
Nature Seychelles and other conservation non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Africa and around the world are concerned about the threat that the H5N1 avian flu virus poses to both wildlife and humans. As the only non-governmental member of the Seychelles national Bird Flu Committee, Nature Seychelles has been working with others to ensure that the Indian Ocean archipelago is prepared to deal with any possible H5N1 outbreak as Africa comes to terms with its first fatality from the disease.
Ms Wood, who studied in the UK and Cyprus, before relocating to France, is spending four weeks with Nature Seychelles, painting a range of murals for display at the Roche Caiman Wetland Sanctuary, under the organisation’s Volunteers International Programme for Seychelles (VIPS).