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  • Not all heroes wear capes. Our staff on Cousin Island decked out only in t-shirts and shorts, and often barefooted, certainly fit this adage. They keep to a grueling schedule, ushering visitors onto the reserve for the island's widely acclaimed ecotourism program in the morning, and working on varied conservation activities in the afternoon.
  • The sunrise is exquisite, the forest lush. The wind is gusty and the sea is choppy. Tropicbirds squawk, fodys chirrup, while skinks scuttle. The tortoises are languid, the mosquitoes, ferocious. The wardens are skilled and the tourists are eager. The sunsets are pink-sky-filled with dusty grey clouds. The nights were moonlit. This is how Sally, a volunteer, vividly described her one month on...
  • Our Chief Executive Dr. Nirmal Shah is in Cambridge UK for the BirdLife100 World Congress, which is from 11-16 September. BirdLife celebrates its centennial this year. The congress brings together the global BirdLife partnership, which currently works in 115 countries.
  • The Green turtle (Chelonia mydas, Torti-d-mer in Creole) rarely nests on Cousin Island Special Reserve. Between July and August, small numbers appear sporadically.
  • Coral reefs cover just 0.2% of the ocean floor, but they support 25% of the world's marine life. They provide coastal protection and cultural, economic, recreational, and social benefits to hundreds of millions of people. But they are dying.
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  • Full enforcement of fishery management plan kicks in on October 1

    (Seychelles Nation 23.9.2022) Effective October 1, 2022 any person who contravenes the Fisheries (Mahé Plateau Trap and Line Fishery) Regulations, 2021, under the Fisheries ACT (Act 20 of 2014) will be committing an offence and if found guilty, will be fined up to R20,000. The plan, which prescribes measures for the[…]

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  • Efforts to pass global ocean protection treaty fail

    (BBC News) A fifth effort to pass a global agreement to protect the world's oceans and marine life has failed. Talks to pass the UN High Seas Treaty had been ongoing for two weeks in New York, but governments could not agree on the terms. Despite international waters representing nearly two-thirds of[…]

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Implementing the SDGs

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Seychelles Wildlife

Natural environment of the Seychelles

Seychelles is a unique environment, which sustains a very special biodiversity. It is special for a number of different reasons. These are the oldest oceanic islands to be found anywhere...

Bird Watching

Seychelles is a paradise for birdwatchers, you can easily see the unique land birds, the important sea bird colonies, and the host of migrants and vagrants. Some sea bird...

Seychelles Black Parrot

Black Parrot or Kato Nwar in Creolee is brown-grey in colour, not truly black. Many bird experts treat it as a local form of a species found in Madagascar and...

Fairy Tern

The Fairy (or white) Tern is a beautiful bird seen on all islands in Seychelles, even islands like Mahe where they are killed by introduced rats, cats and Barn Owls....

Introduced Land Birds

A little over two hundred years ago, there were no humans living permanently in Seychelles. When settlement occurred, people naturally brought with them the animals and plants they needed to...

Native Birds

Although over 190 different species of bird have been seen on or around the central islands of Seychelles (and the number is increasing all the time), many of these are...

Migrant Shore Birds

Shallow seas and estuaries are very rich in invertebrate life. Many birds feed on the worms, crabs and shellfish in these habitats; often, they have long bills for probing sand...

Seychelles Magpie Robin

The most endangered of the endemic birds, Seychelles Magpie Robin or Pi Santez in Creole, came close to extinction in the late twentieth century; in 1970 there were only about...

Seychelles Blue Pigeon

The Seychelles Blue Pigeon or Pizon Olande in Creole, spends much of its life in the canopy of trees and eats the fruits of figs, bwa dir, ylang ylang and...

Seychelles White-eye

The Seychelles White-eye or Zwazo Linet in Creole, is rare and endemic. They may sometimes be seen in gardens and forest over 300m at La Misere, Cascade and a few...

Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher

The Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher or the Vev in Creole is endemic to Seychelles, you cannot find this bird anywhere else on earth. Although it was once widespread on...

Seychelles Sunbird

The tiny sunbird or Kolibri in Creole, is one of the few endemic species that has thrived since humans arrived in the Seychelles.

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Achievements

  • Stopped near extinctions of birds +

    Down-listing of the critically endangered Seychelles warbler from Critically Endangered to Near Threatened. Other Seychelles birds have also been saved including the Seychelles Magpie Robin, Seychelles Fody, and the Seychelles
  • Restored whole island ecosystems +

    We transformed Cousin Island from a coconut plantation to a thriving vibrant and diverse island ecosystem. Success achieved on Cousin was replicated on other islands with similar conservation activities.
  • Championed climate change solutions +

    Nature Seychelles has risen to the climate change challenge in our region in creative ways to adapt to the inevitable changing of times.
  • Education and Awareness +

    We have been at the forefront of environmental education, particularly with schools and Wildlife clubs
  • Sustainable Tourism +

    We manage the award-winning eco-tourism programme on Cousin Island started in 1970
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Nature Seychelles
P.O. Box 1310
The Centre for Environment & Education,
The Sanctuary
Roche Caiman,
Mahe
Republic of Seychelles

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Offices are open Monday to Friday 8.00 to 16.00 (Lunch break 12.00 noon to 1 pm)

About Nature Seychelles

Nature Seychelles is a leading environmental organisation in the Western Indian Ocean. It is the largest and oldest environment NGO in the Seychelles archipelago, where it is involved in environmental conservation and management.

It is an association registered in the Seychelles with a board of Trustees, and a local and international membership since 1998. It is also the BirdLife Partner in Seychelles, a member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).

Nature Seychelles manages the world-famous Cousin Island Special Reserve, one of the oldest marine protected areas in Seychelles.

Nature Seychelles employs 15 full time staff including biologists, an economist, educators and protected area specialists.

Who we are

Nature Seychelles is a leading environmental organisation in the Western Indian Ocean. It is the largest and oldest environment NGO in the Seychelles archipelago, where it is involved in environmental conservation and management.

It is an association registered in the Seychelles with a board of Trustees, and a local and international membership since 1998. It is also the BirdLife Partner in Seychelles, a member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA).

Nature Seychelles manages the world-famous Cousin Island Special Reserve, one of the oldest marine protected areas in Seychelles.

Nature Seychelles employs 15 full time staff including biologists, an economist, educators and protected area specialists.

The primary objective of Nature Seychelles according to its statutes is to improve the conservation of biodiversity through scientific, management, educational and training programmes.

To achieve the above primary objective the Nature Seychelles has the following sub-objectives:

  • To study, research and assess the status of biodiversity
  • To manage areas important for conservation
  • To seek ways and means to assist official efforts for management and conservation of biodiversity
  • To increase and propagate scientific knowledge of biodiversity and educate the public
  • To implement relevant training programs
  • To fund-raise for conservation programmes
  • To promote partnership/ cooperation between like-minded individuals and organisations

The Association achieves these objectives through affiliations, amongst others, with individuals as well as local, national, regional and international institutions engaged in the process of environmental conservation.

Key Partners for Nature Seychelles

Nature Seychelles maintains a broad approach to the local and global conservation community and agenda. It has strong ties to many regional and international organizations as well as national NGOs and agencies in their respective countries. In addition, it takes part in regional and global discussions and activities.

Government of Seychelles - We believe the only way to achieve a sustainable future is to work together in genuine and mutually respectful partnerships, particurlaly as there is insufficient capacity in any single sector in Seychelles. We collaborate through formal and informal partnerships with many Government ministries and parastatals from environment to tourism, finance and agriculture.

BirdLife International - Nature Seychelles is the Seychelles partner of BirdLife International, the world’s largest partnership of independent conservation organisations. Through this partnership - and with BirdLife's UK partner, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) - highly successful conservation programmes, especially to save endemic birds, have been carried out.

University links - We maintain links with oversees Universities, particularly in Europe. Through these relationships we foster scientific interest in Seychelles. These include support for MSc and PhD students and implementing of joint projects. Our assistance has enabled foreign scientists to publish scientific papers on Seychelles in leading journals such as Science and Nature.

Regional and Global Organisations - Through membership and partnerships in international entities such as IUCN, WWF, WIOMSA, the Global Ocean Forum, WCPA and others, we take part in discussions on global positions, conventions, funding, strategy and agreements. In particular, our interest and expertise in SIDS (Small Island Developing States) issues is well recognised. In recognition of this role Nature Seychelles CE Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah was elected as WIOMSA's president in 2009 and served for a period of 3 years.

Regional and Global Projects and Initiatives - We have taken part in several global initiatives such as the International Biodiversity Observation Year (IBOY) and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.

Below are some of the entities we have partnered with (in alphabetic order).

  • African Bird Club
  • Airtel Telecommunication
  • Australian Embassy
  • BirdLife International
  • British Foreign Office
  • Cable & Wireless Seychelles
  • Cousine Island (Pty) Ltd.
  • D'Arros Island
  • Department of Environment, Seychelles
  • Denis Island
  • Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Nairobi
  • Environment Trust Fund
  • European Union
  • Frégate Island Private
  • Friends of Conservation
  • Geffroy's Farm
  • Government of Seychelles
  • Global Environment Facility
  • Hunt Deltel
  • IUCN
  • Jensen Foundation
  • Ministry of Education
  • Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources
  • Ministry of Tourism
  • MINT Seychelles
  • Natural History Museum
  • SADC
  • Seacology
  • Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association
  • Seychelles Tourism Board
  • The President's Office
  • The Rotary Club of Victoria
  • The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
  • The World Bank / GEF
  • UNDP
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • US Embassy
  • Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA)
  • WWF

Partners & Awards

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Our History

Since 1998.

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Roche Caiman,

P.O. Box 1310, Mahe, Seychelles

Tel:+ 248 2519090

Email: nature@seychelles.net