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Seychelles - Overview

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Status and Trends of Biodiversity

Overview

The Seychelles is an archipelago consisting of 115 granite and coral islands that occupy a land area of some 445 sq. km in the South Western Indian Ocean. Today, most of Seychelles lies beneath sea level at an average depth of 55m, often referred to as the Seychelles Bank or Mahé Plateau. There is a correlation between the number of endemic plant species and the ages of the islands where they occur... More »

Number and Extent of Protected Areas

Conservation areas cover 47% of the total surface area comprising 19,760ha of protected terrestrial areas and 23,000ha of protected reef and marine areas.

Percentage of Forest Cover

It is estimated that the total forest cover of Mahé, Praslin, Curieuse, La Digue and Silhouette islands is about 78% of their land area. The other islands of Seychelles are estimated to have an additional 23,000ha of forest and bush vegetation.

National Biodiversity Strategy Action Plan

Major features of National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan

The main focus of the NBSAP was a description of the gaps and constraints currently hindering the country’s efforts in biodiversity conservation and sustainable use, including gaps in capacity, partnerships, co-ordination, and management of species and ecosystems. NBSAP also defined the vision, principles, goals and policy objectives for biodiversity conservation... More »

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

H.E. Mr. Callixte d'Offay
CBD Primary NFP
Dr. Denis Matatiken
CBD Primary NFP, GTI NFP
Mr. Rony Renaud
Protected Areas NFP
Mr. Didier Dogley
ICNP ABS NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Dr. Denis Matatiken
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP
Mr. Joseph François
BCH NFP

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