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Sustainable Ecotourism

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Seychelles is a world-famous destination for nature-based tourism. Tourism is one of the main sources of income and ecotourism an important option for generating money from Seychelles unique biodiversity. Supporting sustainable ecotourism is therefore a focal area of our partnership.


From 2003 to 2007, seven students studied aspects of sustainable tourism in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism and Transport, Seychelles Tourism Board, and the local hotel industry. These projects were coordinated by seed sustainability (project coordination: Christoph Kueffer). In a first phase different scenarios of sustainable tourism development were identified (Saskia Guenther in collaboration with the Natural and Social Sciences Interface at ETH). The economic implications of different scenarios were assessed (Jean-Pierre Valenghi, supervised by Prof. Schmutzler, chair of microeconomics at University of Zurich) and marketing potentials for sustainable tourism identified (Ueli Schneider, supervised by Prof. Hans Peter Wehrli, chair for marketing at University of Zurich).

A second project developed a label for sustainable hotels in Seychelles that has then been further developed and is now implemented. A final project of the seed sustainability programme looked at the participatory planning of ecotourism infrastructure and activities at a communal level in one focal community on Mahe, Anse Royale (Lea Ketterer, supervised by Norman Backhaus, Department of Geography at University of Zurich).


A second major activity in the context of ecotourism is the habitat restoration programme on the premises of the luxury North Island Resort (see information here).


The partnership was also a key player in the planning and implementation of an ecotourism trail network on Mahe and Praslin (article). Recently new ecotourism trails and information material have been developed that guide tourists and Seychellois through restored inselberg vegetation and inform about the rationale and background of ecological restoration (see picture above).


In the latest ecotourism project an ETH student, Tabea Kropf together with PCA created a permanent exhibition on nature conservation in Seychelles at the Jardin du Roi ecotourism site.

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Putting value on the unique biodiversity of Seychelles

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