objective of Nature Seychelles according to its statutes is to
improve the conservation of biodiversity through scientific,
management, educational and training programmes.
The Association shall achieve its objectives through affiliations,
amongst others, with individuals as well as local, national,
regional and international institutions engaged in the process of
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The SFA is
encouraging local scientists to take an active part in the forum,
which is purely marine science-based. Presentations on topics such
as fisheries conservation, turtles and whale shark research, as well
as research on coastal and climate change issues, will be welcome,
reefs bleaching to death
reefs around the world have been severely damaged by unusually warm
Coral reefs are extremely important for biodiversity, providing a
home to over 25% of all marine life. They are also vital for people
and business. They provide nurseries for many species of
commercially important fish, protection of coastal areas from storm
waves, and are a significant attraction for the tourism industry.
However, coral reefs are very fragile sensitive ecosystems that can
only tolerate a narrow temperature range.
islands and Global Warm
Seychelles Islands are justly famous for
their coral reefs and the remote Aldabra Atoll is the
largest raised atoll in the world. Despite its remoteness
and protected status, the Seychelles suffered a severe coral
bleaching event in the late 1990s and a recent assessment by
the Seychelles Foundation judged climate change to be the
most significant threat facing the atoll.
In March 2003, WWF reported that coral bleaching was
occurring at all its 7 research sites in American
Samoa, including within the National Park of
American Samoa, Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary and
Maloata Bay Community Reserve.
Seychelles is a paradise for birdwatchers, you can easily
see the unique land birds, the important sea bird colonies,
and the host of migrants and vagrants. Some sea bird
colonies are enormous such as sooty tern colony in Bird
Island. You can visit Cousin Island and Aride and some
privately owned islands to see both land and sea birds
Project like others envolving DXCiting members are Projects made by Hams for Hams with NO COMMERCIAL purpose,
only with a TRUE and ALIVE Friendship. The "Five
Star" DXCiting is an inspired mix of gracious
relaxation holidays, cultural discovery and stimulating
activity. Offers you different things you can to make time
move a little faster. Like Amateur Radio, snorkeling,
diving, horseback riding , sunset cruises, exploring
historical sites, birds, whales or dolphins watching, or
wandering along the sands or trekking on High Mountains.
The DXciting is junction of the Amateur Radio ,Tourism,
Adventure and Friendship and also provides good way to spend
nice time on vacations sharing friendship and knowledge. The
only limit that exists, is how much money we can join and
are willing to spend. The biggest decision that we will need
to make is where will be.The
solutions to the problems resulting from global
warming and rising sea level will need to be found by
our own people and by the friends of Oceania. There
appears to be little doubt that over the next 70 years
the resettlement of lot of small island , reef, and
atoll islands nation people will be a necessity. It is
only to be hoped that our beautiful and unique
cultures can be preserved even if only in the hearts
and minds of our people.
We are seeing the
early effects of climate change, said Rolph Payet a leading
environmental expert, special advisor to the Seychelles
president and Nobel laureate in 2007, alongside Al Gore in
2007 for his work with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
change can often seem like something that will happen
in the distant future to people living in faraway
places. But what if you live in one those faraway
places and the future has already arrived?
On his fingers
Payet checked off a list of impacts already hitting the Indian
Ocean archipelago: warming oceans, rising sea levels and
shifting unpredictable rain patterns.
Our concern is
that we are moving to a point of no return where the climate
goes down a slide that you cannot stop. We are not far away
from this tipping point, he warned.
85,000 people live
in the Seychelles, the vast majority on Mahé, the largest of
the 115 islands. Its interior is made up of soaring granite
peaks tumbling with thick jungle and fresh waterfalls but most
of the people, their homes, shops, businesses, hotels, roads
and even the airport are squeezed into a narrow coastal strip
just a meter or two above the clear calm Indian Ocean waters.
When a massive
tsunami hit Asia in 2004 the tidal aftershocks rolled across
the Indian Ocean as far as Africa east coast. The waves met
little resistance in the Seychelles where the capital Victoria
was submerged in shallow seawater.
The waves washed
around a miniature silvery replica of London Big Ben
clocktower that stand at the little city heart and lapped up
against the gates of State House.
Rising sea levels
are the biggest threat to the islands, Payet told GlobalPost.
Coral islands will
be most dramatically affected by sea level rises as their
palm-fringed beaches and luxury resorts sink beneath the seas.
Last October the
government of the coral atolls that make up the Indian Ocean
nation of the Maldives donned scuba gear to hold a cabinet
meeting underwater. Their country is on average just two
meters above sea level so the dramatic stunt was designed to
draw attention to the Maldives inevitable demise if global
We're now actually
trying to send our message, let the world know what is
happening, and what will happen to the Maldives if climate
change is not checked,President Mohamed Nasheed told
journalists after he resurfaced.
and friends of the earth have long contended that greenhouse
gas emissions are a major contributing factor to global
warming. The consequence of this is that the polar icecaps
will melt resulting in a subsequent rise in the sea level.
research has suggested that there will be an 0.5 - 0.8 degrees
C rise in regional surface temperatures during the 20th
century with less warming in the northern hemisphere. As a
consequence of this, Pacific Island countries are experiencing
certain effects which are consistent with the anticipated
impacts of global climate change such as adverse effects on
human health, drought and the subsequent decline of
adversely affect many Indian Ocean, Atlantic and Pacific
Islands, particularly those comprising low-lying coral atolls.
Indeed, the effects of global warming are already becoming
apparent in many of the outer islands of Papua New Guinea
where the rising sea water level has spilled inland with a
resultant detrimental effect on food gardens and crops.
Indeed, when the tide subsides, pools of salt water remain
causing the root crops such as banana, breadfruit trees and
other foods to die from an excessive intake of salty water.
There are not many options available to islanders in order to
counter the effects of global warming and rising sea levels.
giant turtle is probably the best known of all
Seychelles and Galapagos animals and even gave the
archipelago one of the great and beauty Turtle at
Aldabra Island. Those can weigh up to 200 kg and
live for more than 100 years. They are thought to
belong to just one species, Geochelone elephantopus,
with 14 different races or sub-species, three of which
are believed to be extinct.
of the Amimals Protected by WWF. The main population
of the Aldabra Giant Tortoise resides on the islands
of the Aldabra
Atoll in the Seychelles.
The atoll has been protected from human influence and
is home to some 152,000 giant tortoises, the world's
largest population of the animal. Another isolated
population of the species resides on the island of
The tortoises exploit many different kinds of habitat
swamps, and coastal dunes.
The Aldabra Giant
Tortoise has an unusually long history of organized
Tropicbird: A large bird, white with long black bar on
upperwing coverts, outer
Black loral mask which extends through and past eye.
Bill is yellow to orange. Tail streamers are white and
can be up to seventeen inches long. Legs and feet are
yellowish, black webbing on toes.
pure and clear waters with lot Reef Fishes and Corals
. This is
the right place for diving or snorkelling
than 800 species of different fish multicoulor.This is
an excellent spot for snorkelling with magnificent
lived on the
island for hundreds of years and their ancestral and spiritual
roots are deeply buried in the soil.
Nature Under a Adventure tourism like trekking, snorkeling,
wathing birds, Seychelles Islands are a unique destination of
huge natural and cultural tropical diversity. Known as Galapagos
"SISTER" - with 253 endemic animals and plants,
and another 160 that do not occur anywhere else in Africa.
No other land area or reserve in Africa supports so many
internationally and nationally significant species in such a
small area.Participants will be invited to assist scientists
in their research with daily field trips to an ornithological
and biological Garden of Eden at the 3rd annual Bird &
Nature Week:There will be nightly seminars, photography
workshops and special biology guided tours to explore the
natural beauty and exotic wildlife of Australia’s most
spectacular, yet rarely visited tropical island.Christmas
Island is famous for her annual crab migration which begins
with the year-end wet season, when you will see millions of
crabs moving down to the sea along the forest trails. Almost
two-thirds of the island has been declared a national park,
making Seychelles a preimire eco destination offering
world-class diving & snorkeling, and the chance to see
turtles, dolphins, and rare and endemic
Discover this unique paradise by participating in the
Seychelles Island Bird & Nature Week
Radio and Tourism Creating friendships across the
globe, local ham radio operators are communicating
cross-culturally, and even helping to bring tourism
into the island they're promoting.The constant growth
of the amateur radio hobby has produced a continuously
growing on Dxpedition interest on remote exatic and
paradisiac islands. Amateur radio, often called ham
radio, is both a hobby and a service that uses various
types of radio communications equipment to communicate
with other radio amateurs for public service,
recreation and self-training.
global warming effects could also threaten coral reefs
- More frequent tropical
storms caused by global warming could break up the
- Unusually warm water
(by up to 5°C) caused by more frequent El Niño
years, would also be an additional stress.
- More frequent heavy
rains means more flooding, more river runoff, and
therefore more sediment deposit in the seas.
- Finally, climate
change could also reduce the ability of corals to form
their limestone skeletons.
is called an amateur radio operator, or a ham. Amateur Radio
Operatores take part in wireless communications with each
other and often support their communities with emergency and
disaster communications while increasing their personal
knowledge of electronics and radio theory
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