On 22nd May 2012 the world celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity. This yearly event focuses on one area of biodiversity in the hopes of raising awareness and increasing practical action in local communities. This year’s focus was ‘Marine Biodiversity’ which created a perfect opportunity for GVI Seychelles to join forces with local projects and organisations. Together they created a community event to help educate local children and celebrate the abundance of marine biodiversity, which can be found around the many islands of the Seychelles.
During the day the local students were given the opportunity to have a one on one guided snorkel with a GVI volunteer around the marine park, where they were taught to identify different fish and corals found in the shallow waters on the coral reef. Other activities involved mangrove safaris and a chance to try out scuba diving equipment.
In a community where many livelihoods rely on the ocean, this day brought an important message to the future generations and highlighted GVI’s efforts to support conservation through research.
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GVI Charitable Trust Manager