Visiting warden from the arctic to the tropics

What a change it was to come from the icy Spitsbergen at 79 degrees north of equator to Cousin Island under the tropical sun. The threat was no longer polar bears, but rather giant tortoises fallen asleep and blocking the path at night. Who would believe that I would end up freezing when the north western winds blow strongly at a temperature close to 30, above zero!

The change will be great again when I soon return home for Christmas after staying 2.5 months as a visiting warden on the newly started exchange program.  

Cousin International Awards

It is always nice to receive an award, but it is from an international organisation with a fantastic reputation worldwide it takes on a totally different dimension.  The Conde Nast Traveler magazine, consistently voted by readers and critics to be the best travel magazine on the market, presented Cousin Island Special Reserve with its Ecotourism Award for 2004.

Seychelles reserve receives high praise

An international initiative to investigate the effectiveness of the management of protected areas in the East Africa and Western Indian Ocean region has recently published its results. The study was carried out by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Coral Reef Action Network (ICRAN) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Full story

Cousin and Cousine Islands sign historic conservation agreement

Conservation teams from Cousin Island Special Reserve and the privately-owned nature reserve and 4 luxury villa retreat Cousine, its near neighbour, met on Monday 11 April on Cousine island. The meeting resulted in a historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) being signed by the two island Managers, Joel Souyave of Cousin, and Jock Henwood of Cousine. The MOU sets out the areas of conservation work on which the islands will now work in partnership, for the benefit of Seychelles wildlife conservation and eco-tourism.

Researchers survey Cousin Island reefs

Researchers from Newcastle University in the UK are surveying the reefs around Cousin island, in a joint project with Nature Seychelles. The Newcastle team first carried out a study on Cousin in 1994, and again just after the coral bleaching event of 1998. The bleaching was caused by rising sea temperatures and resulted in widespread coral reef disintegration in Seychelles and elsewhere.

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