Friday, September 21, 2012

Roofs in Seychelles are rusting - is the sea getting saltier?

Cousin Island Field Station in 1973 when thatched roofs didn't rust

“I don’t understand it. We just changed the entire roof two years ago and now we need to replace it” says Kerstin Henri, Nature Seychelles’s Director. Kerstin is talking about the international Field Station on Cousin Island Special Reserve which had been re-roofed with supposedly good quality pre-painted, galvanized iron sheets.

“Cheap crap” was someone's response. That may be so but I have another theory. I think that the ocean around the Seychelles has become saltier.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Seychelles animals among World’s Most Endangered

 World's Most Endangered: Seychelles Earwig
Most people who come across earwigs think they are creepy and want to kill them immediately. But there is one earwig that no one in Seychelles has seen alive. The Seychelles Earwig is known from a specimen collected at Morne Blanc on Mahe island.

The Seychelles Earwig, the Seychelles Sheath tailed bat (sousouri banan), the Seychelles Moominia snail have been included among the 100 most endangered species in the world. The report by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and IUCN has been released at the World Conservation Congress taking place in Korea.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Green Jobs - what's the reality?

Convincing government Ministers and young job seekers

As entire nations are being rescued, global unemployment is reaching record levels but at the same time the labor market is expanding by tens of millions of workers each year. In the face of the twin challenges of stagnating economies and climate change, stimulating green industry is more important than ever.

“It's time for a bailout for the environment: one that creates jobs, is global in scope, and can help rebuild communities amidst the ashes of the current economic crisis," says Michael Renner, author of the report, Green Jobs: Working for People and the Environment. The report is summarized from a longer study entitled Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World, commissioned by the United Nations Environment Programme, the International Labour Organization, the International Trade Union Confederation, and the International Organization of Employers.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

No fish and no fishers? The future of the Seychelles artisanal fishery looks bleak

Artisanal catch (Tim Holt)
Ah! A nice plate of grilled fish and rice. Familiar yet delicious. As much a part of Seychellois cuisine as it is an important piece of our cultural identity.

The Seychelles food staple is fish and rice. The rice comes from overseas but the fish from our waters. As individuals we eat more fish than almost anyone else in the world - every Seychellois eats 65 to 75 kilos of fish every year.