As part of its activities to celebrate International Year of The Reef (IYOR), the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) translocated forty corals from a nursery to a degraded reef near St Pierre (located in the Curieuse Marine National Park).

It was in May 2016 that the SNPA launched its coral restoration project by setting up an in-water nursery in which coral fragments are grown either on ropes or on tables. The nursery project, funded by the Unep (United Nations Environment Programme), is located at Baie Laraie, Curieuse.

SNPA undertook the delicate tasks of rehabilitating the reef near St Pierre in partnership with Octopus Dive Centre, Praslin.

Protected Area Day, celebrated on January 31 each year, was this year marked by various activities across the country. On Praslin, this was commemorated with an exhibition of various artwork about Curieuse Island. The event, organised by the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA), was the ideal occasion to launch the SNPA’s improved website as well as two books about the striking nature and plants of Curieuse and Aride islands.

Present at the ceremony, held at Le Domaine de La Reserve Hotel, were the chairperson of the SNPA board Selby Remy, chief executive of SNPA Flavien Joubert, representatives of the Praslin business association and other stakeholders.

In his address, Mr Remy, highlighted the important role of protected areas and the need to protect our cultural values and biodiversity.

The exhibition, which comprised various artwork of members from ProArt Seychelles -- an association of visual artists -- showcased the nature of Curieuse, one among the 38 protected areas around the country.

Stakeholders team up in mangrove planting event on Curieuse

A mangrove planting event took place on Curieuse on Sunday January 28, 2018, as part of the EbA South project and also to commemorate the Protection Area Day.

In total, 23 volunteers mainly from Terrestrial Restoration Action Society of Seychelles (TRASS), two Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) staff and two Global Vision International (GVI) members joined together to plant 550 Black mangrove (Mangliye Lat – Bruiguieragymnorhiza) plus five Red mangrove (Mangliye rouz – Rhizophoramucronata) in part of the degraded mangrove areas. The area being targeted is the fairly open area near bodamier trail close to the Mangliye lat that stands above the project nursery. 

The event was also an opportunity to train participants in mangrove planting techniques, and general awareness on mangrove. All plants for planting was supplied by the Curieuse EbA nursery for this exercise.

A total of 38 sites across Seychelles have one main objective: to be recognised, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve long-term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values.


On Wednesday January 31, 2018, Seychelles fathomably celebrated National Protected Areas Day and in honour of this observance, the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) reaffirms the importance for public awareness of the essential role and values of our protected areas.

The Vallée de Mai science coordinator recently attended the Systematic Adaptive Management (SAM) training for the Western Indian Ocean marine protected areas.

The course was organised by the Seychelles National Park Authority (SNPA) and held on Curieuse Island for four days.

The participating organisations were SNPA, Island Conservation Society, the Ministry of Environment, and SIF.

This course was a follow-up course from the one held in August 2016, and was facilitated by Dr Jennifer O’Leary, the SAM Leader, who was also one of the facilitators for the 2016 edition.

The course was organised in order to increase capacity for participants to practice adaptive management in their respective marine protected area.

A new project to remove and control invasive plants in and outside protected areas being undertaken by the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) is making good progress. An important component of the project -- education and outreach -- saw the participation of Mont Fleuri secondary School October 19-20, where a group of students and staff attended a talk on invasive plants and the following day helped clear some 250m2 of land, covered by invasive plants. The area cleared is located just below the road opposite the tortoise pen at Sans Soucis.

Various groups and individuals who use the Port Launay and Baie Ternay marine parks met the authorities over the weekend to give their views on how best to manage these parks.

As announced last week, the government has approved the strategic plan of the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) which consists of a component where SNPA has to set up management plans for eight national parks the authority is managing right now.

They include one for Silhouette, in collaboration with the Island Conservation Society (ICS), which has already started.

SNPA has completed work on its third park, Curieuse, the final draft of which is ready to be approved by those concerned.

The impact of invasive plants is of great concern to conservationists, farmers, private landowners, ecotourism businesses as well as residents of private dwellings. Driving down Bel Air road, marine parks Seychellesopposite the Children’s House preschool, one cannot miss the newly cleared plot of land, which was for years covered with invasive creepers. The cleared plot along with four others around Mahé, totals up to 2500 m2 of land on which invasive creepers have been removed. These plots are located at Bel Air, Baie Lazare, Cascade, Beau Vallon and Grand Anse (Ethiopie).

This new project aimed at removing and controlling invasive plants in and outside protected areas, was launched earlier this year and is being undertaken by the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA).

The project is being funded by the Environment Trust Fund (ETF) and is targeting the three most aggressive creepers: Merremia, The Trumpet and The Devil’s Ivy, all introduced flowering plants in Seychelles.