Status and Trends of Biodiversity
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.