Friday, October 1, 2010

Seychelles launches World’s First

Carbon Neutral Nature Reserve

President James Alix Michel has congratulated Nature Seychelles on the work it has undertaken, which has resulted in Cousin Island Special Reserve becoming the world's 1st carbon neutral nature reserve.

Cousin's new carbon neutral status was launched by Nirmal Shah, Nature Seychelles Chief Executive at the opening of the Tourism Expo 2010 organised by the Seychelles Tourism Board in Victoria, being held to celebrate tourism and biodiversity during World Tourism Day and week. Tourism industry players, conservation NGOs and other invited guests were in attendance.

Applauding Cousin's new status Mr. St. Ange said, "As custodians of the tourism industry and the beauty of Seychelles, which is what we have to sell to the world, we are thankful to Nature Seychelles and Cousin for the effort they have put in."

Cousin Island welcomes thousands of eco-tourists each year. In recognition of the environmental impact of these visitors, most of whom fly from Europe and reach the island by boat, and after media reports in Europe urging citizens not to travel to long haul destinations like Seychelles, Nature Seychelles took the decision to make the Reserve carbon neutral.

"As the management organization of Cousin Island Special Reserve, applauded as one of the best long term examples of the successful marriage of tourism and conservation, Nature Seychelles was concerned about the impact of such media campaigns. Our main concern was the possible negative effect on tourism revenues that go towards conserving Cousin and other environmental projects." Nirmal Shah explained.

"Thus in 2009, with the assistance of our UK partner the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, we chose and hired Carbon Clear a leading European carbon management company, to assess the footprint of conservation and tourism activities on Cousin Island Special Reserve. This included both on and off island costs as well as the hotel, transport and other relevant impacts of our international visitors. We found that we were responsible for more than 1,500 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents annually. The restored forest on Cousin was estimated to absorb a certain amount of this. But the bulk had to be offset. Again using RSPB and Carbon Clear a search was made for a carbon sequestration project that met several internationally agreed criteria. We found one in Sudan and we purchased the appropriate number of carbon credits. Since there are so many carbon offsetting schemes floating around we wanted to ensure that what we had done was robust, verifiable and legitimate. We hired the assurance firm of Nexia, Smith and Willamson to audit the process. They gave the project a clean chit."

The British High Commission in Seychelles funded the assessment, while carbon credits were purchased with the ticket revenues from the eco tourists who visit Cousin.


Anonymous said...

good on you cousin island. ministry of environment should learn more from your experience and give ngo's a greater role in conserving the environment.

Anonymous said...

The Night-Shades song Follow the Winds to Cousin Island should be hitting the airwaves again after nearly fifty years.

The Hoareau Boys from Castor Road used to play Follow the Winds to Cousin live and I am not sure if they recorded and released the song as a single like they did for their one hit single Payeye.

TIKLO congratulates all involved with the Cousin Experience.

Patrick X said...

Tkolor, they've made Cousin 'Carbon free', now they surely can make PUC water 'kaka neutral' and maybe even make you 'bullshit neutral'.

PaTeX - La pou don ou grenn

Anonymous said...

Water finds its own level. Patrick X can lower the tone of anything!

Anonymous said...

It should not be hard to discover Gill and Patrick-Xtra read all about it carbon foot-prints on any Seychelles Islands' white powdered sandy bitches ..... errhhhh sandy beaches.

All one has to look for are a size 10 left footprint and a size 8 right footprint and voila. And knowing how they operate, they like to walk below the waterline for the waves to wash away the inconsistant footprints. One does not have to ask pou kisenla sa bann footprints as they are so obvious. Kisenla ki la? TIKLO kila

Anonymous said...

Tikolor ou la but your brain pa la.Because you have suck to much eggs that have alredy expire espacialy the one of Rene and Michel.
Tikolor are you a egg sucker,how many did you suck and swallow in the last 32 years?


Patrick X said...

Guys, I find it a good piece of marketing, but seriously, it's all a load of bollocks spending money on making something 'carbon neutral'. To my opinion it's abit like Islamic Sharia law where an offender can pay for his/her sins, i.e buy his/her way out of actually paying ones dues.

I've even seen car manufacturers selling off so-called 'carbon neutral' cars. It's all silly. If Cousin was to do something for the environment and become 'carbon neutral' then there should be no motorized boats going there, no parafin use or any other use of carbon-based fuels whatsoever. Then you can call it carbon neutral.

This has nothing to do with PL, Seychelles or any politics at all. This is just my opinion about the carbon neutral crap that some well designed establishments dealing with certifications are making good money from, money that should be used elsewhere in our case.


Anonymous said...

One century ago
The Seychelles Isles
Were carved from green to brown
Of it's mighty trees
Shining green under the hot sun

Then many ships came sailing in
To fell the forrest trees
The builders and hunters too
The hammers and then the guns
The Mermaids and the Turtles died
And countless birds des zil


Follow the wind to Cousin

I hope some one can fill in the rest of the chrous was so long ago. If someone bumps into Clifford Adam, France or Regis Hoareau, see if they remeber the rest of the chorus words.

As for TIKLO I will sing sap ti Kreol Le O mon elelele la lilalilo mon en Ti Kreol Leo zanmen mon pou les mon lonneur tomm dan delo.

Dan mon bitation dan sa gro ker soleil ler vann souette i souffle mon elele le la lilalilo.

Anonymous said...

There other song was Vallee de May

Everybody is wondering
About the Garden of Eden
Where is it who knows
It is not a stone's throw but
One thousand miles across the sea

It's the vallee de May
On Praslin Isle Praslin Isle
Among the Giant Coco-de-mer
Where lives the gentle Kato Noire

Looks like Vallee de May will emulate Cousin in the near future.

grysie said...

That is really amazing, I would love to know the exact procedure done to achieve the carbon neutral environment

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