Environment: the Seychelles, a hotspot for biodiversity in Africa

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In 1998, Seychelles lost 90% of its coral reefs.

Made up of 115 islands that dot the Indian Ocean off East Africa, the Seychelles are known as a global biodiversity hotspot.

With 85% of its animals and 45% of its plant species considered endemic, the archipelago is sometimes called the “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.” And both on land and in the ocean, different groups are working to preserve this ecological paradise.

This year, after creating a sophisticated zoning plan and conducting in-depth discussions with representatives from the tourism, fishing, oil and conservation sectors, the island nation is poised to fully implement the historic marine spatial planning initiative it announced several years ago. years: protect 30% of its ocean territory.

Protect the ”outer islands”

Tourism, climate change and other factors have already had a significant impact on the environment of the more populated “inner islands” of the Seychelles. The deal, part of a national debt cancellation deal in exchange for conservation measures, now aims to protect the 72 low-lying coral ‘outer islands’, before it is too late.

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