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).
50 school aged members of Nature Seychelles’ partner NGO, Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles, met at the wetland, where, rather than inflicting a series of speeches and dry lectures on them, Nature Seychelles staff led a day of pond-dipping, bird watching, vegetation surveys and wetland painting.
Nature Seychelles backs stance on IUU fishing
Nature Seychelles has given its support a recent move by the Indian Ocean Commission (COI) to tackle the problem of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.