The Green Islands Foundation (GIF) is an environmental NGO, registered and based in Seychelles, dedicated to the "Mainstreaming of Sustainable Development". This blog has been established to keep stakeholders and interested parties informed of our ongoing activities.
month as Green Islands Foundation General Manager
New faces at GIF- Wilna and Terence
It has been a
little over a month since I took over the position stepping in a very big pair
of shoes left by Arjan de Groene. January was equally a busy start for GIF with
the monitoring of threatened fish species kick-starting and with preparations to move on to the
shooting phase of the mynah eradication on North island. As I came in, I jumped
straight into things with the guidance and help of our Project manager, Jennifer.
GEF-Satoyama project, GIF is coordinating a project looking at threatened
species in artisanal fishery. This project aims to assist fishermen to propose
co-management measures to the authorities on how improve artisanal fishery in
the future. It is important to note that through the project, the fishermen
themselves identify species of concern and will propose these actions.
Wilna helping out Frank
I got the chance
to accompany Frank, project assistant for the GEF-Satoyama project at the artisanal
fishing port to see some of the activities, conducted fish measurements and
talked to our partners, the fishermen, fish processing operators who will help us with data collection during the year.
This project is relevant for us as GIF,
as it will help directly influence fishery management in Seychelles. I am still
learning to tell apart the groupers by creole and scientific names so hopefully
will be able to do in the next few months.
On North island,
things are busy as the number of mynahs caught in traps start to dwindle. Preparations
to move into the shooting phase are now underway. We recruited new volunteers
to take over from Maxine and Jeremy in the coming weeks. Maxine and Jeremy have
been on North Island for the last six months, tirelessly catching mynahs in
traps and kept going even when catch were low. We thank them for their efforts
and for taking the project this far. The mynah eradication will pave way for
further conservation work on North island and I look forward to working with
the dynamic team there namely, CJ and Tarryn to take this work further.
Wilna carrying out surveys in the field
I had the
pleasure at the start of February to welcome Terence Mahoune, the new
environment officer on Denis island. I worked with Terence previously on
Aldabra and Assumption islands. Terence joins us with extensive field
experience and knowledge and am sure he will feel at home on Denis. GIF has an
agreement with Denis island to work on several conservation projects.
I wish to thank
all our partners, board members, staff on islands and at GIF office that have
welcomed me since I took on the General Manager position at Green Islands
Foundation. It is pleasure to join exciting projects and work with an
enthusiastic team to push forward sustainable development principles. I hope
that with my extensive experience working with Seychelles environment and
species, I am able to take GIF forward and contribute to making Seychelles
industries more sustainable.
New conservation officer on Denis Island
My name is Terence Mahoune, I am
currently the new Environment Officer for Denis Island. My love for
nature has driven me to pursue a career in nature conservation and as such I am
proud to offer my services and expertise to Denis Island and Green Islands
Terence in his new role
Previously, I had the opportunity
to be involved with various research and monitoring projects at Aldabra Atoll,
one of the World Heritage Sites, and over the year have gain many skills and
built up my career and personal achievements.
I embark on this new position
with Denis Island with great enthusiasm and willingness to carry on
with the great work that is being done here. The self-sustainability and
ecotourism achievement on Denis Island is inspiring and environmentally
sound. The restoration, rehabilitation and endemic species conservation project
on Denis Island consolidate the status of the island, I am motivated
with all that is happening here and I am
happy to be part of this team.