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Environment in Seychelles

  • We must act immediately to save the Great Barrier Reef

    AUSTRALIA, 2017/04/15 And so it begins: the end of days. The Great Barrier Reef is bleaching for the second year in a row and presently, according to the results of helicopter surveys released on Monday, it is the middle part (all 300 miles-plus of it) that is suffering the awful reef stress that comes courtesy of a warming ocean. Coral bleaching is incredibly critical. In particularly warm summers, the complex balance between the symbiotic algae and the coral becomes disrupted. To save themselves, the coral expels the algae in the hope of better times ahead. In this national, the coral becomes whitened. That’s what bleaching is.
  • Seychelles: Hunt for Rare Coral in Seychelles Finds the Pearl Bubble Coral

    SEYCHELLES, 2016/01/18 Finding the majority threatened coral in Seychelles proved to be a difficult task for Sylvanna Antha and her team at the Seychelles National Parks Authority. Five types of coral found in the Indian Ocean islands have been listed as in danger of extinction by the Zoological Society of London under the EDGE - Evolutionary Distinct and Globally Endangered - programme. During a two-year study of Seychelles' coral, Antha's team was able to locate the pearl bubble coral - scientific name Physogyra lichtensteini. But it was not able to find the other species.
  • Working Together For Migratory Birds And People Across Africa And Eurasia

    BOTSWANA, 2015/11/17 One lesson that has been well and truly learned in nature conservation is that for policies to be really effective nations have to collaborate to address common problems. Within the UN system it is as well recognized that this applies to the different Programmes, Conventions and Agreements set up over the years. That each of these bodies has a distinct niche and a clear role does not justify a bunker mentality. By synergizing, cooperating and collaborating they can find common cause with natural allies and seek compromises with those whose agendas do not necessarily match their own. AEWA, the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds, is a prime example of an organization that embodies this approach.
  • Hunting in Africa - to Ban or Not to Ban Is the Question

    BOTSWANA, 2015/07/21 Hunting has long been a highly controversial activity, whether as a sport (leisure or recreational), for commercial purposes or if done for cultural reasons. African nations that legalise hunting activities experience scrutiny around their conservation efforts, and how much money they make from it. Trophy hunting, which is offered in 23 sub-Saharan African nations, generates an estimated US$201 million per year. Out of the 23 nations taking part in legal hunting activities, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa have the majority effective controls and the highest levels of transparency.
  • Poachers attack on the Seychelles fragile environment

    SEYCHELLES, 2014/10/08 The environmental organisation that manages the Seychelles UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Vallée de Mai has reported that poachers have stripped endangered coco-de-mer nuts from a palm tree in the reserve. Staff from the Seychelles Islands Foundation reported on Saturday morning that one of the majority iconic female coco-de-mer palm trees, thought to be over 40 years old, in the natural palm forest had been attacked, with the poachers leaving only the outer husks of its ten stolen nuts behind on the ground. An extra tree with smaller nuts was as well targeted, bringing the total of stolen nuts to 18. It takes six to seven years for one coco-de-mer nut, which can weigh up to additional than 35 kilograms, to mature.
  • Seychelles President James Michel

    SEYCHELLES, 2013/07/22 Seychelles President James Michel met with the President of the United Nations General Assembly, Mr. Vuk Jeremic at National Home this afternoon. Mr. Jeremic is in Seychelles to address the AIMS Regional Preparatory Conference for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). President Michel congratulated Mr. Jeremic on his dynamic presidency of the UNGA during the last year, where the interests of the developing world were often brought to the forefront of its discussions. "Thank you for championing the cause of Small Islands Developing States and for the support you have given us in the AIMS Regional Preparatory Conference. This will make a difference in the schedule which is set for the Samoa conference, and further promote our common aims for sustainable development, "said the President.
  • Solutions to Survival of Small Island States

    SEYCHELLES, 2013/03/07 Called "the island at the end of the world," Denis Island is one of Seychelles' 115 islands. Once an significant coconut plantation, this privately owned slice of paradise in the western Indian Ocean could hold answers to some of the majority troubling problems facing small island states around the world.
  • Farms, Settlements Shrinking African Lion Habitat

    BOTSWANA, 2012/12/24 The people of lions in sub-Saharan Africa is dwindling at a quick pace, according to a recent study, which found that lions have declined by additional than 75 % in the past 50 years, as farms and settlements proliferate. The study found that there are probably only around 32,000 lions still living on the continent. In 1960, there were as a lot of as 100,000 lions living in Africa. West African lions have experienced the greatest decline in people with only as few as 500 left in the region. Duke University researchers led the study, which was published in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation.