Coral reef restoration projects are becoming a popular corporate environmental responsibility activity at hotel resorts. Such involvement of private businesses offers the opportunity to expand coral reef conservation. Unfortunately, these projects are oftentimes PR-heavy but scientifically light. The main problem is that the hotel staff don’t monitor the restored reef over time to quantify the success or failure of the restoration activity. There is a lack of user-friendly monitoring methods for hotel staff that are robust enough to detect changes over time.
Sea turtles are incredible survivors. They have roamed the oceans for millions of years and existed since the dinosaurs. They are a vital and easily recognisable part of ocean ecosystems.
Today is International Day of Biological Diversity, under the theme, " From agreement to action: build back biodiversity." In December 2022, The theme calls for global action to move beyond commitments and translate them into tangible actions to restore and protect biodiversity. It particularly promotes action in support of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, includes four goals and 23 targets to be achieved by 2030 to safeguard biodiversity
On Endangered Species Day, celebrated on 19 May, we look at the front of a 25 Seychelles rupees note where the Seychelles Magpie Robin holds pride of place and marvel at how far this bird has come.
Demi Damstra, an MSc student from the University of Groningen, is currently Nature Seychelles’ Reef Rescuers with a coral experiment. She tells us a little about herself and why she was has always been drawn to coral reefs.