Just before Christmas we spent a couple of mornings working at our nature reserve at Roche Caiman with children from the President’s Village. We have a project funded through a program called Mangroves For the Future. The program was set up after the 2004 tsunami to increase the resilience of coastal communities, like us in the Seychelles, against environmental threats such as climate change.
The Friends of the Flycatcher after school club based on La Digue has installed eight bird baths on the island for the benefit of the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher (Veuve). The baths were set up at the Veuve Reserve, the La Digue School, the Flycatcher Lodge, Villa Veuve, and the Community Centre at La Passe.
A major regional partnership has been announced to help combat illegal fishing in the western Indian Ocean, which is causing serious economic losses as well as social and environmental problems for coastal states.
The Australian High Commissioner to Seychelles Ms. Sandra Vegting has expressed her delight at the progress made by the Gardens for Growth project being implemented by Nature Seychelles and funded by the Australian government. The project benefited from a grant from the Australian High Commission Direct Aid Programme for Seychelles and Mauritius and begun in February 2012.
"This exercise is all the rage now," says Kathrin as she demonstrates how to swing from side to side using a rope attached to a metal frame. With the rope looped around her ankles, she takes a perfect plank position and uses the flexibility of the rope and her legs to move her from right to left. "It's difficult, but it works out the whole core.