Its official, our oceans are experiencing a coral bleaching event on a global scale. Since October 2015, scientists of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been reporting high ocean temperatures across Hawaii and the Caribbean, causing widespread coral bleaching. The phenomenon has now reached the Western Indian Ocean, which has been on coral bleaching alert since the 4th of January this year.
Professor Jane Lubchenco, the first ever US Oceans Envoy and Ambassador Sharon Villarosa together with 3 members of their staff, paid a visit to Nature Seychelles’ Reef Rescuers Project and Cousin Island Special Reserve last week. The delegation was accompanied by Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah, Nature Seychelles CEO and travelled from Mahe to Praslin where they met with Nature Seychelles’ Reef Rescuers team then to Cousin Island Special Reserve for an island tour.
The Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Energy, Mr. Didier Dogley officially launched the Nature Seychelles’ Coral Reef Restoration Training Program last week by symbolically cutting a ribbon on the Amitie beach on Praslin Island. Mr. Dogley, in the presence of Dr Nirmal Shah, the CEO of Nature Seychelles, other Nature Seychelles staff and the media waved the trainees off on their boat as they went for their first dive under the training program.
Nature Seychelles CEO, Dr Nirmal Shah has been named Indian Ocean Hero in the latest issue of New African Magazine. In the article titled “Africa’s Indian Ocean heroes and climate change” the writer highlights that Africa is especially affected by climate change and specific issues need to be addressed in the ongoing climate talks in Paris, the Conference of Parties (COP21). Shah together with Dr. David Obura and Mohammed Ali Baddi of Kenya, are named Indian Ocean heroes for their passion and years of work in conservation in the region. This issue of the magazine is a special issue focusing on COP21. Shah, in his capacity as a special envoy is in fact part of the delegation representing Seychelles at COP21.