Ecosystem management and rehabilitation
We are a leader in environmental restoration, particularly of island ecosystems. We have carried out restoration or rehabilitation on a number of islands. This typically involves several stages:
- The removal of alien predators such as rats
- The control or removal of alien plants and reforestation through replacement with native species
- The reintroduction of native animals
A good example is major island restoration programme initiated in 1999 and financed by the GEF, the Seychelles government and island owners. A collaborative effort, it involved Nature Seychelles, international partners such as BirdLife International, private island owners and the Seychelles Government. Through this programme biological assessment of islands, cost analysis of restoration and maintenance, education and awareness, island management plans, removal of alien predators and other invasive alien species, establishment or rehabilitation of native coastal habitats, translocation of globally threatened endemic species and socio-economic valuation of restored ecosystems and ecotourism were undertaken. Islands in the programme included Frégate, Cousine, North and Denis Islands.
Nature Seychelles has published biological assessments of many Seychelles islands as well as a manual of assessment methods. The organisation has also published several papers on the subject including methods of eradicating Mynah birds.