Biodiversity refers to the variety of life that exist on earth. This year’s theme is ‘Biodiversity and sustainable tourism’.

Here in Seychelles our tourism sector depends heavily on our unique and rich biodiversity and a well-managed tourism sector like ours contributes significantly to reducing threats to, and maintaining or increasing biodiversity values through tourism revenue.

The Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) is the guardian of some of the largest parts of the protected areas of the country, and therefore a major contributor to biodiversity conservation.

Last year the SNPA in collaboration with its partners organised a national ‘public presentation competition’ for all schools in the country. This year it diversified its activities to raise awareness on the country’s biodiversity.

For the first time government is investing money in a national campaign to sustain the long term fight against invasive creepers.

A sum of R250,000 to start with, is being provided to fund actions to fight these alien invaders in protected areas and state land. The campaign will comprise such actions as mobilising and supporting different groups of people in the community to engage more in the fight against invasive species, come up with awareness and education programmes to build capacity of people in the community, transfer expertise, knowledge and techniques gathered over the years to interested groups in the community. It is expected that the new campaign will result in more concerted effort and tangible outcomes in containing the spread of invasive species.

One of Seychelles’ most famous beaches Anse Major is now equipped with toilet facilities and two shelters which will benefit visitors and locals alike coming there for a pleasant picnic.

The facilities is a generous donation from Apex Hotel Supplies (AHS) as part of its corporate social responsibilities (CSR) for the benefit the community and tourists.

The donation was made possible by the owner of AHS, Peter Clarke, in collaboration with the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA). It was last year that SNPA in collaboration with private partners officially launched its development project for Anse Major.

It was a representative from AHS Neville Menigke who handed over the facilities and the key to the toilets to the chairman of SNPA Selby Remie.

A big step was made yesterday to speed up the transition of Seychelles to a low-carbon economy.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday between the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (MEECC) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry for the Low Carbon Pilot which consists of two projects:  Curieuse 100% Renewable and Solar Schools.

With this MoU, Seychelles will also receive 800 solar street led lights to be placed around the islands.

SNPA inparts environmental education to primary school

On Wednesday 6th of July 2016, two staff's from Seychelles National Parks Authority Forestry Section gave a presentation on endemic and invasive plants to a group of P6 Glacis student’s primary school.

The first presentation was made by Mrs. Sabrina Florentine. It was focused on certain endemic plants namely Palmis (DECKENIA NOBILIS ), Latanier Leaves(PHOENICOPHORUM BORSIGIANUM), Pitcher Plant (NEPENTHES PERVILLEI), Bwa Zoli Ker (PITTOSPORUM SENACIA ), Coco de mer (LODOICEA MALDIVICA), Lafisel Mov (SEYCHELLARIA THOMASETTE), Bilenbi Maron (COLEA SEYCHELLARUM), Prin Maron (LUDIA MAURITIANA VAR.SECHELLENSIS) and Lavannir Maron(VANILLA PHALAENOPSIS) information imparted was about their importance and the need to preserve them.

The Adventure Race to celebrate Ste Anne Marine Park 44th anniversary will take place on Sunday 19thMarch 2017, 9 am starting on Long island. (please see attached)We are inviting all park users, residents, the public and visitors to participate. If you would like to join the race(kayaking, running, swimming) please contact us for further details. Since we could not secure enough kayaks/canoes, participants would have to bring their own. Transport will be provided to and from Ste Anne Marine Park.

Interesting prizes for the winners.

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The Seychelles National Parks Authority(SNPA) held a training and strategic workshop this week in Curieuse Marine Park, from 16th  to 20th August,  to develop visionary goals and objectives for the parks and a bold plan of action to build staff leadership in moving towards those goals. The workshop, which was held under the regional SAM (Strategic Adaptive Management) program included representatives from SNPA and three other conservation agencies: Global Vision International (GVI), Island Conservation Society (ICS), and Seychelles Island Foundation (SIF) and also representative of the Ministry responsible for Environment.

Seychelles is deeply committed to the conservation of the ocean and its marine life. This commitment is shown by the establishment of 6 marine national parks and the race to increase protection of the country’s marine areas from 1% to 30%. While this commitment places Seychelles high on the global conservation scorecard, it is equally important to ensure that enough resources and capacity exist to manage the marine parks. In fact, the World Conservation Union (IUCN) has emphasized that protected area management is a global challenge.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) celebrates World Maritime day, each year, during the last week of September. The day is used to focus attention on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security and the marine environment, and to emphasize a specific aspect of IMO's work. It aims at ensuring that international shipping keeps up to date with technical and technological advances in safety.

As is customary, the Maritime Training Centre hosted an open week to coincide with the event. This year’s theme was ‘Go to sea’. The exhibition showcased the link between training at MTC and job opportunities in the maritime industry. It was open to Secondary and Post Secondary schools all over Seychelles, with the aim of encouraging students to develop an interest and love for the sea, and to teach them how to face the challenges of a career at sea.

Seychelles National Parks Authority display at the exhibition

Various organizations from the maritime sector participated in the event. The Research Section from the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) also participated, showcasing the work they do, such as; Beach Profiling, Tortoise Census and Turtle Monitoring. They also distributed brochures and pamphlets on coral conservation, and displayed colorful and educational posters on corals and climate change.