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The President of the Republic of Seychelles, Danny Faure, announced the achievement of a milestone for Seychelles: the legal designation of one third of Seychelles' ocean territory as a Marine Protected Area. The announcement was made during a small ceremony at State House this morning.

Approximately a third of Seychelles’ ocean territory, an area larger than Germany, will now be declared as protected under the National Parks and Nature Conservancy Act, totalling an area of 410,000 square kilometres. This is a result of the Seychelles Marine Spatial Plan, an output of the award-winning debt-for-nature swap co-designed by the Government of Seychelles and The Nature Conservancy.


Sneaking up on animals can be tough. That’s why wildlife researchers often turn to motion-sensing cameras, also known as camera traps, to study animals in the wild.

However, most of these camera traps are positioned at or near ground level, leaving a diverse world of animals unexamined: those that dwell in the trees above.


The Irrawaddy Dolphin is technically an oceanic species, living along the coasts of Asia. But the dolphins also live in three river systems — the Mekong, the Irrawaddy and the Mahakam. And these freshwater populations are under greater threat than the oceanic populations. While the International Union for Conservation of Nature lists the global Irrawaddy Dolphin population as “Endangered,” all three riverine subpopulations are “Critically Endangered.”

One of these, in the Mahakam River of Indonesian Borneo, is now home to only about 80 individual dolphins. Over the past few decades, habitat loss and unsustainable fishing have reduced the local population to near-extinction. That’s why Rainforest Trust began working with the local organization Yayasan Konservasi – Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia (YK-RASI). Together, they planned to protect habitat in and along the Mahakam River to save this imperiled group of dolphins.