Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Shark awareness campaign at the Youth Outreach Programme

A group of students who participated in the shark campaign
The Green Islands Foundation continues with its Shark education and awareness campaign by participating in the Youth Outreach Programme organised by the Seychelles National Youth Council (SNYC) on Tuesday 9th December 2014. Students from Praslin and La Digue Secondary schools participated in activities sensitizing them to marine conservation. This event was conducted at the Anse Royale fun park by GIF, the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA), and the Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles (WCS).

Friday, 5 December 2014

Saving endangered species in Seychelles and Mauritius

Seychelles Magpie Robin
There is a big fundraising scheme to help fund veterinary support for endemic species such as the Seychelles Magpie Robin.  Wildlife Vets International, a British veterinary charity, aims to help the Seychelles islands and Mauritius's critically endangered birds and animals. Wildlife Vets international is mapping out a programme to deliver veterinary expertise and training, which is currently lacking on the islands, to support these unique species. 

Friday, 21 November 2014

"Denis Private Island: A sustainability success story" video now on YouTube

The video showcasing Denis Island's conservation efforts is now available for viewing on YouTube.  This 30 minutes video depicts the key aspects pertaining to national conservation programmes ongoing on the island, illustrating the island life and how it is incorporated in biodiversity conservation on a daily basis, the island’s biodiversity and the ongoing conservation programmes on the island. The creation of this video falls within the Tourism project which aims to enhance the island’s conservation efforts through increased environmental education awareness and sustainable conservation management measures.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

North Island visit

View of the East coast of North Island
Last week GIF organized a multipurpose trip to North Island. The visit was an opportunity to exchange knowledge on the island’s biodiversity by the Environment Staff of North Island. The Protected Area (PA) National Project Manager Helena Sims joined us for a day to monitor vegetation rehabilitation works currently being done under the PA project. Also a part of the PA project, the Seychelles White-Eye monitoring was being conducted the same week by Elvina Henriette and Danny Dine, which GIF got the opportunity to assist. Lastly, the trip consisted of GIF staff training in multiple field work activities.

Friday, 7 November 2014

GIF hosts shark education workshop at CARE club day

GIF, SNPA and Wildlife Clubs of Seychelles discussing
 sharks with a group of primary school kids
Last Friday during the CARE Club day at Anse Royale, the Green Islands Foundation (GIF) hosted a workshop to educate kids on sharks as part of the GEF SGP UNDP funded shark education and awareness project. This whole day workshop was conducted with assistance from the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) and the Wildlife Club of Seychelles. The activities for the shark workshop were initially scheduled to take place at the Anse Royale beach park. However, heavy rain made sandcastle building, snorkelling and other outside activities impossible. Wildlife clubs of Seychelles managed to arrange a classroom at the University of Seychelles which we could use for adapted indoor activities.