The Republic of Seychelles is an Archipelago of 115 tropical islands set in the middle of the Indian Ocean, 1,500 kilometres off mainland East Africa. Our project is based on an Island where only our researchers are resident with the Tortoise’s. Our partners have been funded through ethical tourism and you as the donor and recently our project has seen borders closed and this once very popular travel destination is now deserted.
Seychelles like many nations have been in lockdown and this has had a huge impact on our partners' 15,000 trees planted target in 2020. It is also a special time for our partners as they are celebrating their 10 years of service to the community. Not only does our partner have a huge tree planting target they also play a vital part in data collection, research and analysis on a majority of the Islands that make up Seychelles. All very important work for our conservation problem.
Since the lock down the community have begun to notice other issues, firstly an alarming low of dams has been noticed as people stay home consuming more water on a daily basis and for hand washing. Lockdown also has brought a halt to tree planting and research and as restrictions are being released the volunteer support through tourism is not looking to recover in anytime soon meaning our partners are seeking urgent support to bring in more resources. This is a critical project as the planting of Mangroves act as sponges of the coastal area, absorbing sea water to protect the land from high tides as well as helping to tackle climate warming. Our earth is in a state of new return due to global warming and the only option is for us to slow down the warming and this is why this project is so important.
As our team are coming out of lockdown images show that coral just off the Islands are displaying white and this could be due to the tide being too low or the coral could be dying again but either way we urgently need to help our project kick off and get our researchers back in the water to inform us of the situation under the ocean that we face alongside COVID.
Our attention has been diverted to the unexpected COVID-19 and we full agree this was the right thing to do as Countries prepared but now we must pick up and support the rebuild of our conservation projects so we protect the future of our planet.
We appeal to you to help with any little donation so we can increase our resources to get our tree planting back on track and our research back on track to ensure we protect our Ocean and Coral.
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