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.

As customary, every year for the ‘Clean Up The World Campaign’, Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) cleans targeted sites within the national parks. 

The Research Section, along with Marine Operation staff cleaned at Cap Ternay (the shores at Baie Ternay, the area around the gate and in the mangroves at Anse Souillac).

The Research team collected data on the types and amount of rubbish collected in the areas near the gate and the mangroves.

Altogether 515 pieces of rubbish were collected, with the most common items being “plastics” (167 pieces) followed by “others” (98 pieces).

A total of 63 plastic bottles were collected.

It is evident from the number of wipes (35) and diapers (4) collected, that the area is being used as a public toilet.

There were also house hold wastes collected, proof that people are using the area as a dumpsite.

Boat operators who operate in the Ile Cocos marine park recently met the chief executive and staff of the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) to learn abMarine parks Seychellesout the authority’s plans for the park. It was also an occasion for the operators to voice some of their concerns. The meeting took place in the La Digue community centre.

Ile Cocos marine park, the smallest marine national park managed by SNPA, covers an area of 0.01km2. Despite its size it is very popular with tourists visiting La Digue and other surrounding islands. The park suffered heavily from coral bleaching and the reef is not recovering. The main selling point of the park is sea turtles.