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  •  A lucky group of tourists witnessed as a turtle was laying her eggs - taking photos from a safe distance by Emma Jones Every year on Cousin Island we roll into another turtle season in August and we quickly find ourselves deeper and deeper in the sand as the days turn the corner to November – the height of the Hawksbill turtle season. From dawn till dusk starting in October, we keep...
  • I had the privilege of working with Dieter Oschadleus, the bird-ringing Coordinator from SAFRING (The South African Bird Ringing Unit). He came out to Cousin Island to officially register me through SAFRING based on my level of competency and ability to demonstrate a recognized level of bird ringing, mist netting and database updating.
  •  Its not all wildlife monitoring, beach profiling is conducted on a regular basis on Cousin Island What do you do when you have a long-running conservation success story on an island paradise? Nature Seychelles, a leading conservation organisation in the Western Indian Ocean region decided to share years of experience with aspiring young conservationists or people who simply want to try...
  • photo credit: allergyandair.com Nirmal Jivan Shah, The People Newspaper, 12/12/2007: Bottled water is the world’s fastest growing beverage. This means that the disposal cost of empty bottles is becoming an environmental and financial nightmare. A report from the World Watch Institute says that the energy costs of producing, bottling, packing, storing and distributing bottled...
  • (image source: www.scoopwhoop.com) Dr Nirmal Jivan Shah, The People Newspaper, 5/7/2009: Just when you thought it was safe to drink bottled water, new research shows that plastic mineral water bottles contaminate drinking water with man made compounds that act like human hormones. The study by German researchers published in the journal Environment Science and Pollution Research...
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What's On at Nature Seychelles

Conservation Boot Camp

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Focus Project

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 Vulnerable. Other Seychelles birds have also been saved including the Seychelles Magpie Robin, Seychelles Fody, and the Seychelles Paradise-flycatcher.
  • 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

Tel: (+248) 460 1100
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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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Contact Us

Centre for Environment & Education

Roche Caiman,

P.O. Box 1310, Mahe, Seychelles

Tel:+ 248 4601100

Fax: + 248 4601102

Email: nature@seychelles.net