Bird migration is one of the most amazing events on the planet. It is
one reason why birds have been so successful in living in all sorts of
climates and landscapes. But migrating birds have received bad
publicity recently because it is mistakenly believed that they are
spreading the dreaded bird flu strain known as H5N1.
At the recent meeting of the United Nations Convention on Biological
Diversity (CBD), governments of the world adopted a comprehensive
Programme of Work for the conservation of Island Biodiversity. Island
nations also made some very exciting conservation announcements.
Not many people in Seychelles are aware of a tiny, but most unique
heritage. The Seychelles frogs or Sooglossids. They are endemic to
Seychelles and found only on the islands of Silhouette and Mahé and all
listed in the IUCN red list of endangered species.
Over 1.1 billion people sharing this planet with us have no access to
safe drinking water. Lack of access to clean drinking water causes
needless suffering and death for men, women and children around the
globe. This represents one of the greatest public health tragedies of