A growing body of evidence from the region and around the world has shown that putting local people at the heart of coastal and marine conservation better protects nature and secures livelihoods. One of the ways of doing this is through the creation of Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMA).
Nature Seychelles is encouraging parents, teachers, and guardians to bring children to visit its natural sites, which are not only centres for biodiversity conservation but are also places where people can heal, rejuvenate and beat the Covid-19 blues.
It is a strangely satisfying thing to pull an invasive plant from the ground, watching as the soil gives way and the roots spring free. So is hacking through the thick stem of a vine with a machete and getting it in one swoop.
I heard the blood-curdling screech before I felt the rapid wing beats above my head. In a heartbeat, webbed feet grazed my head barely missing my face. I quickly ducked and crouched on the path, as instructed, as a very angry bird harangued me for a few seconds. When it quietened, I got up and walked as fast and as far away from it as possible. After I recovered, I looked at what I had disturbed. I had just had an encounter with a protective Brown noddy adult guarding its chick on Cousin Island Special Reserve.
More than 50 years ago, the world's rarest bird was rescued by mangroves. The Seychelles warbler (Acrocephalus sechellensis, Pti Merl Dezil in Creole), a little endemic songbird of Seychelles was very close to extinction in the twentieth century.
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