On 15 November 2011 staff from Nature Seychelles visited renowned herbalist Mr. Ferdinand Vidot at Val d’En D’Or. Mr Vidot, is a treasure trove of information on medicinal plants of Seychelles. He has in the past helped Nature Seychelles propagate knowledge of medicinal plants at the Heritage Garden at Roche Caiman, where a small area of the garden is dedicated to growing a number of local medicinal plants.
While heavy rain fell on Sunday the 30th October, 16 members of HMS Somerset Ship’s Company, including the Royal Marines, spent time at the the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman volunteering. HMS Somerset is a British Royal Naval ship conducting maritime security operations in the region and was on call at Port Victoria.
Nature Seychelles and the Seychelles National Park Authority (SNPA) have joined forces to work on a new project to help protect one of Seychelles iconic bird species – the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher, Terpsiphone corvina, locally known as Vev. To formalise this partnership, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed on 19 October 2011 at the Nature Seychelles headquarters at Roche Caiman by the CEOs of the two organisations Dr. Nirmal Shah and Mr. Denis Matatiken.
Nature Seychelles has won the International Innovation Prize from the World Leisure Organization (WLO). The Prize was given for innovative efforts to use the environment for “edutainment” programs at the Sanctuary at Roche Caiman (SARC). These include Green Health, Heritage Garden and Outdoor Classroom. This is not the first time the association has won a prize - it has collected international awards in several fields ranging from education to ecotourism.
For the first time in history the majority of our population is living in urban areas. Per capita, Seychelles is the most urbanized country in Africa. This is an amazing milestone but one with far reaching consequences. For example, many professionals and businesses ranging from physical planners to building contractors from district administrators to police officers will have their work impacted.