In an effort to designate over 2,000 hectares of highland forest ecosystem in six areas on Mahe, Praslin and Curieuse Island as Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs), the Seychelles Ministry of the Setting will launch a sequence of consultations and public conferences.

Based on the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), KBAs are a global normal for figuring out an space of ​​international conservation worth that helps governments and organizations monitor and preserve KBAs to guard these crucial pure areas.

The train is a part of the Ridge to Reef (R2R) challenge. The challenge, in flip, is carried out inside the framework of the World Setting Fund (GEF) and the United Nations Improvement Program (UNDP) partnership and is coordinated by the Seychelles Authorities.

The Cupboard of Ministers accredited the consultations late final month after being knowledgeable of the outcomes of a examine carried out in Montagne Planneau, Collines du Sud, Fond Azore, Anse Kerlan and Curieuse Island.

Ashley Dias, Director of Biodiversity Conservation and Administration within the Setting Division, informed SNA that the Seychelles has a worldwide popularity for being a dwelling laboratory with some distinctive species discovered nowhere else.

“The federal government acknowledges the organic and ecological significance of its biodiversity and thus far has designated 47.13 % of its land space as protected. Scientific research have proven that sure areas exterior of protected areas are additionally biologically wealthy and these areas present important ecosystem companies, similar to water for individuals,” she stated.

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She defined that with out authorized safety, the websites are below immense menace from man-made elements.

Native consultants had been recruited to evaluate the well being of the two,235 hectares of highland forest ecosystems, with a concentrate on defending biodiversity and important ecosystem companies, in addition to carbon shares. The location choice was based mostly on the outcomes of earlier research performed in these areas.

To determine the KBAs, the consultants utilized the IUCN methodology and standards. They wanted to determine the presence of threatened, geographically restricted, ecological integrity, organic processes and irreplaceable biodiversity.

“Based on a current scientific report by Senterre et al. As of 2021, forest cowl within the island’s inside has declined from 91 % to 58 % as a result of human intervention. It’s estimated that fifty % of forest cowl is required to assist the water cycle and associated ecosystem companies, international research have proven. Due to this fact, it’s essential to determine and designate key areas for biodiversity,” Dias stated.