Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India

Volume 14 Issue 1

Nature conservation in the Seychelles Islands.

Kantilal Jivan Shah

The Seychelles were discovered by the French in 1742. The first settlement took place in 1770. Since that time unrestricted and indiscriminate exploitation of all its natural resources has taken place. It is estimated that 75 % of the endemic species of plants and insects have disappeared. Many species of Tortoises, Turtles and Birds are no more represented in the Seychelles. Real interest in conservation started in 1874 when Charles Darwin took a strong stand for the preservation of the Mascarene Tortoises. The laws enacted and the measures taken by the Government to save the fauna and flora of the Seychelles are briefly outlined here

Date : 30-06-1972