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New international ecotourism standards

To ensure no predators such as rats are introduced, only the Cousin boat can disembark visitors on to the island

Nature Seychelles and partners raise the bar A momentous decision to improve global ecotourism standards was endorsed with overwhelming support at the 2016 IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) World Conservation Congress, held in Hawai’i in September.  Proposed by Yale Tropical Resources Institute with 9 other organisations including Nature Seychelles , Motion 65 “Improving standards in ecotourism” aims to ...

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Nature Seychelles’ Green Yoga is back!

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Dust off your mats and head to The Sanctuary. Nature Seychelles is offering new Green Yoga sessions at the eco-kiosk in Roche Caiman. The classes will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 pm and on Wednesday mornings from 9 to 10 am. Ernst Zwicky of Seyllbeing will be leading the yoga sessions, alternating between two types ...

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Excavation work at The Sanctuary

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An excavator, a couple of hours of dredging and several mounds of sand later, water flows freely once again into the wetland. During this dry season grey herons and moorhens have been spotted on several occasions fishing in the more open areas of The Sanctuary as the water levels would sometimes drop considerably in their usual, more hidden spots. Under ...

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Nature Seychelles’ Green Yoga is back!

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Dust off your mats and head to The Sanctuary. Nature Seychelles is offering new Green Yoga sessions at the eco-kiosk in Roche Caiman. The classes will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 6 pm and on Wednesday mornings from 9 to 10 am. Ernst Zwicky of Seyllbeing will be leading the yoga sessions, alternating between two types ...

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The status of coral reefs after the recent bleaching event

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After two underwater heat waves in 1998 and 2010, El Nino has once again struck coral reefs worldwide, triggering the third global coral bleaching event in recorded history. In December 2015, Nature Seychelles’ Reef Rescuers team launched a Bleaching Response Plan consisting of: Predictions of bleaching risks from surveillance of seasonal temperature forecasts; Ecological impact assessments before and after the ...

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Swallowed whole by the sea

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The Seychelles peoples, like in most other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) around the world depend greatly on the ocean economically as well as culturally. However, in recent decades, climate change driven by human activities continues to threaten not just the livelihoods, but the very existence of these islands. Rising sea temperatures are the greatest threat to the survival coral ...

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Turtle season is organized chaos

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Another year, another turtle season come and gone on Cousin Island Special Reserve. Turtle season is organized chaos. It is nonstop beach patrols from sunrise to sunset come rain or shine. There is no other experience quite like working a full turtle season in the Seychelles which is very different from any other place I have been stationed, not to ...

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Teaming up for sea turtle conservation in Seychelles

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The Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change in close collaboration with its conservation partners has been working hard to ensure the long-term conservation of sea turtles in Seychelles. Some of the partners are the Marine Conservation Society of Seychelles (MCSS), the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF), Nature Seychelles, the Islands Conservation Society (ICS), the Green Island Foundation (GIF) and several ...

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What would you do if your home garden was destroyed?

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I want you to imagine having a vegetable garden in your home, and you get your daily portion of veggies from this garden. But one day, a storm or a pest comes and kills most of your stock. Consequently you are now faced with protecting what is left, restocking or a mix of both. Which option would you choose so ...

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Discovery in the wild

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A report from Nature Seychelles’ international volunteer program Thirty days, two nesting turtles and one very bad pancake experiment have passed since I first arrived on Cousin Island Special Reserve. The reserve is a tiny speck in the Indian Ocean, with a knack for feeling very large when you leave your binoculars on the other side, next to a nondescript ...

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