“On behalf of MLUH, Survey Division, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude for your help and support in the Geodetic Control Survey. It was through your effort in assisting us that we achieved our objectives well on time,” Mr Hendrick Youpa from the Survey Division at the Ministry of Land Use and Housing (MLUH) said in a communique to Nature Seychelles after a team from the department recently completed their work on Cousin Island Special Reserve.
Adult and baby Aldabra tortoises on Cousin by Dailus Laurence
Nature Seychelles is currently mourning the loss of one of its Giant Aldabra Tortoises, Sir Henry, on Cousin Island Special Reserve. Although the death of this tortoise was due to old age, the recent wretched story from Curieuse Island in which a substantial number of baby giant tortoises were stolen, makes the loss on Cousin seem a little more disheartening.
Nature Seychelles is this month joining thousands of organisations, schools and individuals around the world in the ‘Plastic Free July’ campaign. The challenge simply requires those taking part to refuse single-use plastic items during the month of July; either for a day, a few days, weeks or the entire month. The challenge is the initiative of Plastic Free July, an Australian based not-for-profit organisation that was formed in 2011.
Many Solomon Islands are low-lying and prone to flooding from rising seas (Photo credit BBC NHU-Jon Clay)
The Seychelles peoples, like in most other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) around the world depend greatly on the ocean economically as well as culturally. However, in recent decades, climate change driven by human activities continues to threaten not just the livelihoods, but the very existence of these islands.
Another year, another turtle season come and gone on Cousin Island Special Reserve. Turtle season is organized chaos. It is nonstop beach patrols from sunrise to sunset come rain or shine. There is no other experience quite like working a full turtle season in the Seychelles which is very different from any other place I have been stationed, not to mention on Cousin Island which is especially unique. Nowhere else in the world do sea turtles consistently nest throughout the day.