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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

At Nature Seychelles we are committed to working with government, development partners and donors in implementing relevant actions, in particular, looking at certain goals where we can build on our existing strengths. Read more

 

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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BIOPAMA Project

RRG SA 782 Cousin Island Special Reserve is a terrestrial and marine protected area in Seychelles Serge Marizy

Project Name: Supporting management effectiveness and improve socio-economic resilience in the Cousin Island Special Reserve, Republic of Seychelles
Funded by: With the financial support of the European Union and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States through the BIOPAMA Programme
Coordinated by: BIOPAMA Action Component Team
Covering: Cousin Island Special Reserve, Seychelles
Duration: 6 Months

Cousin Island Special Reserve’s main financing mechanism is an eco-tourism based, Tourist User Fee (TUF), which is charged to visitors to the island. The visitors are given an informative guided tour by Wardens who stay on the island and protect the flora and fauna that make Cousin Island both an Important Bird Area (IBA) and a Key Biodiversity Area (KBA). The project aims to assist in rectifying the shortfall in financing being experienced by the reserve due to the collapse of the tourism industry in Seychelles as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which began affecting travel to Seychelles early in 2020.

It will do this primarily by funding the salaries of 8 Wardens, 1 Island Coordinator and 1 Science Officer to ensure that they can remain stationed on the island and continue to carry out a variety of operational work to maintain the island as well as conservation and research and surveillance activities. The Reserve wardens and scientific staff are stationed on Cousin Island 24/7 and carry out daily patrols of both the land and sea.

Depending on the season, various conservation activities are undertaken:

  • Hawksbill turtle nesting season is typically between October to mid-March, followed by hatchlings between December to mid-May.
  • Sea bird breeding success monitoring for White Terns and White-tailed Tropicbirds is carried out between February and June, whereas that for Brown and Lesser Noddys happens between June and October.
  • A seabird census is carried out in July, November and February.
  • Census activities for other forms of wildlife, such as that of Skinks in June, Tortoises in both August and September as well as land birds in April.
  • Year-round activities consist of bird ringing, beach profiling, beach cleans and data collection.

As the conditions in the country improve, the project also aims to see the re-establishment of the Conservation Boot Camp, a course managed by Nature Seychelles on Cousin Island, which equips participants with skills through in-the-field conservation activities. It is also the hope of the project to allow Cousin Island Special Reserve to continue contributing to the livelihoods of the locals based on the nearby Praslin Island in two ways. Firstly by increasing the number of tourist visitors to Praslin, and secondly by allowing local tour operators to ferry visitors to Cousin Island, a service that they charge for.

Nature Seychelles is currently exploring alternative financing mechanisms to bolster resilience to shocks such as those experienced due to COVID-19.

About BIOPAMA

The Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) programme aims to improve the long term conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries, in protected areas and surrounding communities. It is an initiative of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States financed by the European Union’s 11th European Development Fund (EDF) jointly implemented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) Building on the first five years of activities financed by the 10th EDF (2012 2017) BIOPAMA’s second phase provides tools for data and information management, services for improving the knowledge and capacity for protected area planning and decision making, and funding opportunities for specific site-based actions. www.biopama.org

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The contents of this webpage are the sole responsibility of Nature Seychelles and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union nor of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States.

 

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Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA)

LMMA

Project Name: Enhancing coastal and marine socio-ecological resilience and biodiversity conservation in the Western Indian Ocean.
Funded by: The German International Climate Initiative (IKI) through the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB).
Coordinated by: The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Covering: Mozambique and Seychelles with collaboration from Kenya and Tanzania.
Implemented in Seychelles by: Nature Seychelles

The Western Indian Ocean region lacks coherent systems of governance to support more diverse management of marine and coastal resources by local people and civil society actors. As a result, the local-level benefits from conservation are inadequately maximised, as resource users rarely play an equitable role in decision- making and responsibility for formal marine protected areas. Locally Managed Marine Areas (LMMAs) are still a relatively new concept in the region, and therefore their geographic scope is currently limited. The project will engage at multiple levels in order to establish LMMAs. The total project budget is 4.25 million Euros from the IKI fund with matching funding from implementing partners.

Co-management is included in the Protected Areas Policy of Seychelles and is enshrined in the new draft National Parks and Reserves Bill. In addition, other developments such as the establishment of PPP policy (Private and Public Partnerships) for Seychelles and co-management of fisheries around Praslin Island are all relevant. In Seychelles the project will be implemented by Nature Seychelles, an IUCN Member. The project will last for 4 years and has political support from the MEECC and the Blue Economy Department. The budget from IKI is Euros 680,000.00. With counterpart funding from Nature Seychelles and technical, and capacity building assistance from IUCN, the project will cost almost a million Euros for the Seychelles component.

The project will hire several full time technical and field staff and work with stakeholders including community members, fishers association, tourism and business partners, and government agencies in one site chosen through assessments and participatory processes. At the site level, the project will, with the collaboration of the community and others build infrastructure, such as a visitors facility and a lifeguard station, undertake conservation and restoration actions, provide training and equipment, deliver public awareness programs, support sustainable tourism and fisheries and promote sustainable funding mechanisms. At a strategic level it will: 1. assist in strengthening the enabling institutional environment through policy influencing, advocacy, awareness and capacity building at national levels, and 2. promote international inputs such as the Green List system for certification of protected areas, as well as regional collaboration.

Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

At Nature Seychelles we are committed to working with government, development partners and donors in implementing relevant actions, in particular, looking at certain goals where we can build on our existing strengths. During the Ocean Conference held in New York between 5th and 9th June 2017, Nature Seychelles became a partner in the MARECO Project which will work to Increase the awareness of children for the sustainable use of Coral Reefs and their resources. Through our Marine Conservation and Reef Rescuers work, we continue to be committed to the Call for Action (Our Ocean, Our Future) as outlined vis-à-vis the Ocean Goal.

Other SDG goals in which we have existing projects include: (3) Good Health – Green Health Program; (7) Renewable Energy – Solar Power on Cousin Island; (8) Good Jobs & Economic Growth – 13th Month Salary; (9) Innovation & Infrastructure – Blue Economy Knowledge Centre; (11) Sustainable Cities & Communities – Urban Wetland Management (13) Climate Action – Reef Rescuers Project; (14) Life Below Water – Marine Reserve on Cousin; (15) Life on Land – Wildlife Habitat on Cousin (17) Partnership for the Goals – Geffroys, MTC, Min of Agriculture, Rotary,  Kreolor,

We are actively seeking new partners and sources of funding to move the SDGs from agenda to action in Seychelles. Please contact us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.    

Nature inspired technologies to drive the economy forward

The original Blue Economy concept by Gunter Pauli was to look for the best nature-inspired technologies to shift society from scarcity to abundance by tackling environmental and other problems in new ways. The Seychelles is championing the “Blue Economy” as its future sustainable development model. At the moment there is a need to elucidate, at the least, the corners of what is meant by the Blue Economy for Seychelles as it may be all things to all men and women.

At Nature Seychelles we are convinced that the Seychelles Blue Economy model must offer a new analytical framework as well as a new way of crafting our common future. We have established a Blue Economy centre which will assist in building the content of the Seychelles Blue Economy model. The centre is headed by Ms. Kerstin Henri an experienced Seychellois economist who has worked in the developmental and environmental fields in Seychelles for over 20 years.

The centre will bring together the best practices and knowledge from various programs that Nature Seychelles is working in including research, eco-tourism, coastal & marine conservation and restoration, and climate change adaptation, as well as contributions from national and international partners. The centre will seek to source funding for innovative projects that will contribute to the building blocks of the Seychelles’ Blue Economy. 

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