26 Jul '11, 8am

Good news! Seychelles now protecting half of its land territory!

Half of Seychelles Islands become protected 22 July 2011 | News story The Seychelles Government has announced that it will declare new protected areas in the archipelago, resulting in half (50.59%) of all Seychelles land becoming protected by law. The Cabinet approved the designation of protected areas, which amount to 15.72 km² of land representing 3.53% of Seychelles land territory and total 45,500 hectares. Last year, the Silhouette National Park and the Recif Island Reserve were created, increasing the total area of protected land to 47.06%. The latest decision follows the 2010 announcement of Seychelles President James Michel that Seychelles will protect 50% of its land territory, as a contribution to fulfilling its obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to ensure conservation of the archipelago’s biodiversity for the well-being of present and ...

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