Nature Seychelles and the Seychelles National Park Authority (SNPA) have joined forces to work on a new project to help protect one of Seychelles iconic bird species – the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, Terpsiphone corvina, locally known as Vev. To formalise this partnership, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed on 19 October 2011 at the Nature Seychelles headquarters at Roche Caiman by the CEOs of the two organisations Dr. Nirmal Shah and Mr. Denis Matatiken.
Nature Seychelles has won the International Innovation Prize from the World Leisure Organization (WLO). The Prize was given for innovative efforts to use the environment for “edutainment” programs at the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman (SARC). These include Green Health, Heritage Garden and Outdoor Classroom. This is not the first time the association has won a prize - it has collected international awards in several fields ranging from education to ecotourism.
For the first time in history the majority of our population is living in urban areas. Per capita, Seychelles is the most urbanized country in Africa. This is an amazing milestone but one with far reaching consequences. For example, many professionals and businesses ranging from physical planners to building contractors from district administrators to police officers will have their work impacted.
The Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association (SHTA) of which Nature Seychelles is a member, is concerned about the effects of climate change on tourism. Citing the recent shark attacks in Seychelles and elsewhere in South Africa, Russia, and Australia and speculation that the rising effects of climate change are to blame, the SHTA says that whatever the cause, the abnormal incidents have given us all cause for concern.
A fragment of a shark tooth extracted by surgeons from shark attack victim Ian Redmond is most probably from a Great White (Carcharodon carcharias). This is the opinion of South African scientists from the Kwa Zulu Natal Sharks Board whose assistance has been sought by Seychelles authorities.