|Protected Areas in Seychelles
Currently, about 42,000 ha are protected throughout the Seychelles; the largest single area is the Aldabra Atoll, a World Heritage site and the largest coral atoll in the world, covering 35,000 ha.
The Environment Protection Act, 1994 has come into effect from the 1st of March 1995. It is an umbrella legislation providing a general policy framework for environmental protection enabling introduction of detailed regulations by policy makers. It has the flexibility and scope to deal with wide range of issues of emerging concern and at the same time has a provision for dealing with specific issues such as pollution control, waste management, Environment Impact Assessment etc.
NGOs involved in conservation and protected areas management include:
Nature Seychelles, formerly known as BirdLife Seychelles, is a local not-for-profit association registered in Seychelles.It is currently the largest independent environment organisation in Seychelles.The association is involved in a suite of activities including species and habitat conservation, monitoring, research, island restoration, eco-tourism, education & awareness and advocacy. Nature Seychelles manages Cousin Island Special Reserve and has a presence on several other islands.
*Seychelles Islands Foundation
Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) manages and protects the World Heritage Sites of Aldabra and Vallée de Mai.
At an international level, Seychelles accepted the World Cultural and Natural Heritage Convention (World Heritage Convention) in 1980, and has two sites inscribed on the World Heritage list (Aldabra Atoll, Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve).
Sources: Ministry of Environment; UNEP-WCMC; Seychelles Island Foundation; Nature Seychelles