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  • A video posted on Nature Seychelles' Facebook page, in which a Hawksbill turtle was rescued, has captivated a large audience both locally and around the globe. As of the time of writing, the video has received over 16 million views, close to 1 million reactions, 12 thousand comments, and 27 thousand shares! 
  • This year's World Wildlife Day theme is "Partnerships for Conservation." Partnerships are at the core of our efforts to save endangered wildlife at Nature Seychelles. Through these collaborations, spectacular results for wildlife conservation have been achieved.
  • Nature Seychelles has successfully field-tested a turtle nest monitoring prototype co-designed with a Seychellois technology company, OceanLabs Seychelles, during this turtle season. OceanLabs developed and assembled the prototype in Seychelles.
  • Every day, she showers us with tonnes of love. She serenades us with birdsong in the morning, wakes us up with a dazzling sunrise, and sends us to bed with stunning sunsets.
  • "When you're diving for work, there is one giant perk ... It's a Moray!" Nature Seychelles' Reef Rescuer, Roshni Yathiraj, was so enthralled by her encounter last week with a Moray eel that she waxed lyrical about it. We don't blame her; seeing moray eels is a highlight of any diving trip in Seychelles.
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  • Seychelles exported nearly 5 tonnes of shark fins from bycatch in 2022

    (Seychelles News Agency) Seychelles exported 4,819.5 kg of shark fins in 2022 and most of the fins are generated in bycatch of semi-industrial fishing, said a top fisheries official. The assistant manager for monitoring, control and surveillance at the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA), Ronny Malvina, said that there is only one[…]

  • Two thirds of reef sharks and rays risk extinction: study

    (AFP) - Nearly two-thirds of the sharks and rays that live among the world's corals are threatened with extinction, according to new research published Tuesday, with a warning this could further imperil precious reefs. Coral reefs, which harbour at least a quarter of all marine animals and plants, are gravely[…]


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The Fairy (or white) Tern is a beautiful bird seen on all islands in Seychelles, even islands like Mahe where they are killed by introduced rats, cats and Barn Owls....

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  • Stopped near extinctions of birds +

    Down-listing of the critically endangered Seychelles warbler from Critically Endangered to Near Threatened. Other Seychelles birds have also been saved including the Seychelles Magpie Robin, Seychelles Fody, and the Seychelles
  • Restored whole island ecosystems +

    We transformed Cousin Island from a coconut plantation to a thriving vibrant and diverse island ecosystem. Success achieved on Cousin was replicated on other islands with similar conservation activities.
  • Championed climate change solutions +

    Nature Seychelles has risen to the climate change challenge in our region in creative ways to adapt to the inevitable changing of times.
  • Education and Awareness +

    We have been at the forefront of environmental education, particularly with schools and Wildlife clubs
  • Sustainable Tourism +

    We manage the award-winning eco-tourism programme on Cousin Island started in 1970
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Traditional medicine practitioners visit the Heritage Garden

Traditional medicineTraditional medicine practitioners from Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, and Madagascar visited the medicinal garden at the Heritage Garden at Roche Caiman on Thursday 7 February 2013. The practitioners were attending an inaugural meeting of a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) project held in Seychelles between 4 and 6 February, whose aim is to support traditional medicinal knowledge in the Indian Ocean Small Island States and Madagascar.

The meeting  helped participants to share experiences and good practices from their own countries, as well as challenges they face in respect to their profession. They drew up priority actions that would help to reinforce the spread of traditional medicinal  knowledge and practice, including the setting up of a platform for knowledge sharing. Traditional medicine is in danger of dying out especially as most practitioners do not commonly share knowledge outside their lineage. The project is working directly with the traditional practitioners to ensure their voices and perspectives more effectively inform policy making and scientific research.

Lucina Denis and Martin Varley of Nature Seychelles showed the visitors around the Heritage Garden, and with the help of the Seychelles practitioners, discussed the various ways the plants found there have been used in Seychelles. Those from the other islands also shared how the plants are used in their countries, creating interesting exchanges.

There was the Yapanna (Ayapana triplinervis) whose leaves are used as a tea to relieve indigestion and stomach pains, Lapsuli (Justicia gendarussa) used to treat skin problems and the Bwa Zoliker (Pittosporum senacia) whose leaves or wood is drank as a tonic to aid high blood pressure.

Zanbrovat (Cajanus cajan, pigeon pea) also treats high blood pressure as well as the stomach, while a paste of the Lerb Sat (Acalypha indica) treats skin infection. An infusion of the leaves of the humble Kari Pile (Murraya koenigii, curry leaf)  after meals is used to treat digestive problems and an infusion of Grobonm leaves (Plectrantus aromaticus, Spanish thyme) drank as a tea is used to treat coughs, sore throats and nasal congestion.

Other plants of interest were the Madagascar periwinkle (Catharanthus roseus, Rozanmer), which has a long history of use in traditional medicine particularly for treating diabetes, and from which two chemicals, vinblastine and vincristine with active anti-cancer agents, are now extracted for use in chemotherapy.

None of these plants should of course be used without the direction of someone with knowledge of their healing properties.

Traditional medicine has been used in virtually all cultures, although in many places it has come to be associated with superstition. It is still widely used today with the World Health Organisation estimating that in some Asian and African countries, 80% of the population depend on traditional medicine and on local medicinal plants to satisfy their primary health care needs.  

Natural products, found especially in plants, are widely used in pharmacology and alternative medicine. Herbal medicines are the most well known and lucrative form of traditional medicine, generating billions of dollars in revenue.

In Seychelles, the National Heritage and Research Section of the Ministry of Education has held well-received traditional medicine open days, where practitioners have shared their knowledge and products. The healing properties of plants like Noni (Morinda Citrifolia) have generated a lot of interest.

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