Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Saving the Seychelles White-Eye on North Island

Seychelles White-Eye (copyright North Island)
The Seychelles White-eye (Zosterops modestus) is an endangered passerine bird species endemic to the Seychelles, currently found on four granitic islands, including North Island. Over the last two years the North Island environment team has been implementing an active island rehabilitation programme, and recently with the help of Green Islands Foundation and Wildwings Management, have initiated a Myna Eradication program.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Green Islands Foundation kicks off threatened fish species project!

Yesterday, Green Islands Foundation had the pleasure of starting a new fisheries project entitled: THE DEVELOPMENT OF A CO-MANAGEMENT PLAN, DESIGNED BY FISHERS, TO MINIMISE THE IMPACT OF THE SEYCHELLES ARTISANAL FISHERY ON THREATENED SPECIES with an inception workshop for Mahe fishermen at the SFA Training room in Victoria.

With this new project Green Islands Foundation wants to investigate and propose ways to reduce the Seychelles artisanal fishery’s impact on globally threatened species. Using a new approach, GIF will do this by facilitating artisanal fishers to formulate solutions to this issue themselves. The workshop marked the official start of this 2.5 year project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and Conservation International Japan under the GEF Satoyama initiative. During the workshop the project goals and expected outcomes were presented to fisher communities on Mahe and to the project partners such as the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA).

Sunday, 9 October 2016

My experience as a Myna eradication volunteer by Maxine Little

The team setting up the traps
Coming into North on the staff boat, the first impression packs a punch. The water is impossibly blue and clear and the granite peaks stand out in stark contrast. Two months in, this place is still enrapturing us with its beauty every day.

Monday, 26 September 2016

Conservation activities for the Seychelles Magpie Robin on Denis Island

Seychelles Magpie Robin (Klaartje Puttemans)
In the Central Seychelles group, various endemic birds are still classified as threatened with extinction on the IUCN redlist. This includes the Seychelles Magpie Robin (SMR; Copsychus Sechellarum) which can be found on Denis Island. Over the last few months, the Denis Island environment team with the help of GIF staff have implemented extensive conservation activities to safeguard the population of SMR on the island.

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Myna eradication internship on North Island

Volunteers checking the traps
Our experience on North Island for the Mynah eradication internship was amazing. It has always been a dream to visit the astonishing North Island, but we consider ourselves as two of the "lucky ones" because  we got to stay and call the place home rather than just a visit.