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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: 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: 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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  • 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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Turtles and Tourists on Cousin Island


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 turns the corner to November – the height of the Hawksbill turtle season. From dawn till dusk starting in October we keep our eyes peeled for turtle tracks to or from the beach and turtles approaching the beach or heading back to sea.

Cousin Island is a Special Reserve under Seychelles law which states that all activities are to be subsumed to biodiversity conservation. So human activities are strictly controlled and limited to ensure protection of the conservation values of this amazing place.

So yes, tourists are welcome, but under strict rules. All visitors are picked up from their visiting boats, and only let onto the island by one of our reserve boats. The tourists are split into organized guided tours where they will receive information about the island and the many wildlife that live here.


The do’s and don’ts can be pretty straight forward from no feeding, touching, teasing or wandering but still humans can be just as wild, if not more than our bio-diverse neighbors.

There’s a new energy that comes to the island as each season presents its’ own particular version of a species phenomenon. One very important season, is turtle season when nesting female Hawksbill turtles come to lay their eggs, every day for up to 7 months

It’s a rare, spectacular thing to witness, and on Cousin Island it is a regular occurrence over this time of the year. As the wardens of Cousin Island present these nesting animals through tours, there’s always a huge challenge of managing people as the tourists are guided alongside these beaches active with turtles. Many tourists will have expectations, for photos and how close they can get to these animals -our dedicated island staff have learnt to handle such situations so that the turtle is not disturbed if encountered by a group of tourists.


These animals are critically endangered, because of human presence and poaching elsewhere. We are here for their protection, to follow through with close monitoring and data collection on the growth and sustainability of the population. Humans are their greatest threat so we need to assure every precaution is taken to not disturb the natural behavior of these wild animals.

In doing so, we end up with local heroes here on the island - the wardens working on Cousin introduce our wildlife to the outside world and the beauty this island has to offer. The meaning of conservation is encapsulated in simple yet powerful moments when a warden stops with a group to watch a Critically Endangered nesting turtle. What a great reminder that we are here for the protection of wildlife which needs this kind of dedication to succeed. And on Cousin, a Nature Reserve for almost 50 years the results of conservation dedication are clear – it is the most important nesting site for Hawksbill turtles in the Western Indian Ocean region!

by Kara Beggs, Nature Seychelles Science Coordinator, Cousin Island Special Reserve.

Moving away from fossil fuels: Costa Rica proves an entire country can generate electricity from renewable sources

In 1983 when I visited Costa Rica to work in its La Selva reserve, the country was already famous as a leader in conservation. Today, Costa Rica is building a genuine green and blue economy. Since January this year the country produced 100 percent of its electricity from renewables. The country uses hydroelectric power plants, solar, biomass, and geothermal . Heavy rains this year have given a huge boost to hydroelectric plants.

In 2009, Costa Rica announced it would become carbon-neutral by 2021. Hydroelectric plants supply 68% of electricity , while geothermal plants about 15 percent, wind power 5 percent. Solar and biomass also contribute slightly. Costa Rica’s reliance on hydroelectricity makes it vulnerable to climate change, however. A drought or slight change in rainfall could disrupt electric production in the future.

In 2012 it was announced that the country would develop 100 megawatts worth of wind farms and 40 megawatts worth of small-scale hydroelectric plants through 2015. Last year, Costa Rica’s Legislative Assembly approved a $958 million geothermal project.

Costa Rica is a world champion in environmental protection and conservation. Part of the reason why Costa Rica can devote so much funding to environmental issues is that the country abolished its military in 1948, allowing it to channel funds that would have gone towards defense to the environment, healthcare, and education.

Nirmal Shah, CEO Nature Seychelles 


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