At Nature Seychelles’ Heritage (organic) Garden we are constantly trying to innovate to get people to take charge of what Nature Seychelles’ Chief Executive, Dr Nirmal Jivan Shah calls their own “food system”. One of our main thrusts always has been promoting urban gardening and getting people even in apartments to grow herbs, spices and vegetables to improve their health and reduce their food budget and their carbon footprint.
Reef Conservation has been working with 85 primary schools to set up environmental corners. These consist of a small corner in a classroom with a mural, dry aquarium and posters, as well as an endemic garden outside. photo source: reefconservatiou.mu
Nature Seychelles and Reef Conservation (Mauritius) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will enable the two parties to work jointly in order to bolster the conservation work in the respective countries and in the region. The MoU which was signed on the 29th of September 2016 will assist in data sharing, exchange of knowledge and create projects that are mutually beneficial.
Tourists arriving on Cousin Island
Nature Seychelles and partners raise the bar
A momentous decision to improve global ecotourism standards was endorsed with overwhelming support at the 2016 IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) World Conservation Congress, held in Hawai’i in September. Proposed by Yale Tropical Resources Institute with 9 other organisations including Nature Seychelles , Motion 65 (now Resolution 60) “Improving standards in ecotourism” aims to redefine and tackle the challenges of ecotourism vis-à-vis conservation.
Nature Seychelles typically hosts tourists, school groups and green yoga members at The Sanctuary in Roche Caiman on a regular basis. However, a visit by members of the Cancer Concern Association (CCA) of Seychelles to the site for a health walk is worthy of note.
Scouts Club members in a past event exercising at The Sanctuary which is managed by Nature Seychelles
A year after the Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs - were launched, Seychelles has been ranked as the top performing African country in meeting various health related targets of the SDGs. Seychelles is number one in Africa and number 40 in the world with a total score of 71. Of African countries, Mauritius comes next in the world list at number 48 with the third, Cape Verde at number 123. This list is part of a study entitled “Measuring the health-related Sustainable Development Goals in 188 countries: a baseline analysis from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2015” and has been published in the leading journal The Lancet.