Tuesday 16th April 2019
Conservation
For a Small Islands State such as The Seychelles, conservation is an important element in the management of its resources.

The 1993 Constitution lists 115 islands in the archipelago. Since 1993, two of these islands have disappeared and two have joined to form one island.

This changing habitat is home to a number of rare and endangered species specific to The Seychelles. A few of The Outer Islands are owned by the Islands Development Company. The Islands Conservation Society an NGO is in charge of conservation measures on these islands.

Various conservation efforts have undertaken by the Society on a number of the other islands where their intervention has restored a more natural environment.

The Society has direct responsibility for Silhouette, Alphonse Atoll, Desroches Island and Farquhar Atoll.

Aride Island was owned and managed by The Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts of the UK. This responsibility has now been transfered to The Islands Conservation Society.

Society activities have included the eradication of rats on North Island and Conception Island. The eradication of rats and feral cats on some of the islands of the Cosmoledo Atoll.

Some specimens of rare and threatened species have been transfered to similar habitats on neighbouring islands to establish new colonies or plantings.

The Society acts as the management company for individual conservation projects funded by interested parties or organisations around the world.

The pressing need is for base funding to support staff to do the necessary recording and monitoring work on these islands and the others in the Seychelles family of islands.

This work would provide an essential data base for further conservation efforts and to monitor the effects of climate change on the physical structure of the islands and the health and welfare of the land and marine creatures who live on them.