Nature Seychelles observed World Environment Day with its General Assembly on 4th June rallying members and stakeholders to celebrate the last 3 years of wonderful and exciting results delivered by the association. On hand to present the results were Nature Seychelles Chief Executive Officer Nirmal Shah, and Director for Strategic Operations, Kerstin Henri.
Arriving on Cousin Island Special Reserve, visitors will not fail to notice the enthusiastic group of female wardens who will welcome them to the island. It might be the driver of the boat, one of the people pushing the boat or the person leading a tour of the island. Now numbering four staff members, their presence on Cousin is a result of Nature Seychelles actively promoting equal opportunity for both men and women. This is not only reflected in the desk jobs perceived to be easier on women but in field jobs which require both physical and mental competency. Many of the volunteers who a visitor would meet on the island are also female.
A model garden that promotes the propagation and use of traditional food and medicinal plants was opened amidst much praise at the Nature Seychelles' Centre for Education and Environment. The garden is part of the Heritage Gardens project, initiated by Nature Seychelles and Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and Ministry of Education. The Garden was officially opened on 16 October 2009 on the occasion of World Food Day.
[Roche Caiman, April 2009] The translocation of 23 Seychelles Paradise flycatcher (Vev) birds from La Digue to Denis Island late last year has already yielded its first success. Two nests have been located in which eggs are already being incubated by the parents.
Rarely does an environmental NGO come out best in ICT related ventures. Nature Seychelles' CEO, Nirmal Shah is an exception to the rule. Just as year 2008 reaches its sunset, he has managed to put the idyllic Seychelles archipelago and entire Small Island Developing States (SIDS) on the world map by scooping Africa's coveted digital award. The SABC-Highway Africa Digital Media Award.