eGlobal Australia - Tue, 19 November 2013
The extraordinary environmental protection work of the Seychelles, and the fact that this tiny Indian Ocean island nation has devoted over 50 percent of its territory to territorial and marine protected areas has found favour at the highest level of the Commonwealth, of which the Seychelles are a member.
None other than HRH The Prince of Wales has recognized this massive commitment to a greener world when he publicly commended the Seychelles for their groundbreaking policies, laws and regulations to protect the environment. ...more
Agence France Presse (AFP) - Mon, 25 March 2013
ALDABRA, Seychelles — It is perhaps not surprising that there are only a handful of humans on one of the most remote islands on Earth, coral atolls far out in the turquoise seas of the Indian Ocean.
What is unexpected are the 100,000 giant tortoises -- more than are found on the world famous Galapagos Islands -- with some weighing a staggering 250 kilogrammes (550 pounds) and with shells more than a metre (yard) across. ...more
Agence France-Presse - Mon, 28 January 2013
(AFP) - Seychelles, hit by a series of rare floods and landslides, declared a state of emergency on Monday in three districts of the main island and appealed for international aid. Local authorities reported no casualties, but said three districts on the main island of Mahe were badly damaged with reports of flooding in more than 150 houses. ...more
IUCN - Fri, 22 July 2011
The Seychelles Government has announced that it will declare new protected areas in the archipelago, resulting in half (50.59%) of all Seychelles land becoming protected by law. The Cabinet approved the designation of protected areas, which amount to 15.72 km² of land representing 3.53% of Seychelles land territory and total 45,500 hectares. Last year, the Silhouette National Park and the Recif Island Reserve were created, increasing the total area of protected land to 47.06%. ...more
Wolfgang H. Thome's Blog - Sat, 09 July 2011
PRESIDENT MICHEL ASKS WORLD TO ‘GO SUSTAINABLE’
Ahead of the June 2012 Rio de Janeiro UN Conference on Sustainable Development has the Seychelles President James Michel asked the rest of the world to embrace sustainability in their economic activities, so as to preserve the planet for future generations. ...more
Le Quotidien de la Réunion - Tue, 21 June 2011
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Le gouvernement seychellois a annoncé, la semaine dernière, travailler à l’extension des zones protégées dans le pays et atteindre ainsi le seuil de 50% du territoire comme réserve naturelle, soit 50,59% de l’archipel exactement. ...more
Reuters - Sat, 10 January 2009
(Reuters) - Getting the right balance between development and protecting the environment presents small island states with a tough challenge which cannot be ignored, the Seychelles' president said.
A rising population and the growing demands of the tourism industry are putting a strain on the Indian Ocean islands' environment which is home to scores of birds, reptiles and plants native to the Seychelles. ...more
BBC News - Mon, 27 December 2004
Hundreds of Somalis are feared to have drowned in the massive waves produced by Sunday's undersea earthquake off the coast of Indonesia.
A government spokesman said settlements along Somalia's coast had been flooded by the rising waters. ...more