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Seychelles - ETH

Research Platform


Plant conservation and

ecosystem management

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Seychelles belongs to the Western Indian Ocean biodiversity hotspot and the Seychelles Islands ecoregion, harbouring some of the evolutionary and ecologically most distinct biodiversity of the world (Seychelles biodiversity). For over 20 years ETH Zurich has been committed to supporting plant conservation and ecosystem management in the Republic of Seychelles (History). These unique research and outreach opportunities are privileges that are only possible thanks to many and very committed partners in Seychelles (Partners).


The research partnership between the Seychelles governmental and non-governmental environmental organisations and ETH aims to strengthen the knowledge base for plant conservation and ecosystem management in the Seychelles through collaborative research and conservation action by local and international ecologists and practitioners. Transdisciplinary knowledge production is facilitated through: (i) the long-term, continuous and personal commitment of the partners, (ii) reciprocal integration of practitioners and scientists in research and policy teams and institutions, and (iii) the co-supervision of all ETH and University of Seychelles students by teams of scientists and practitioners (Teaching).


Focal areas of our applied work are vegetation monitoring, threatened plant species, invasive species, habitat restoration, novel ecosystems, plant-animal interactions, management of Coco-de-Mer and the UNESCO World heritage site Vallee de Mai, and sustainable ecotourism. The plant conservation magazine, Kapisen, regularly reports on new activities; and so do other media. The collaboration is also the basis for research on fundamental questions in plant and ecosystem ecology (see Publications).


Currently, Christoph Kueffer (Plant Ecological Genetics group belonging to the Geobotanical Institute, personal webpage) is responsible for the research partnership at ETH Zurich. Christopher Kaiser-Bunbury - formerly based at ETH and now at TU Darmstadt - joined the research partnership 8 years ago and since then has fostered the partnership through his continuous research, applied conservation work, and presence in Seychelles. Karl Fleischmann, who initiated the partnership, is now Senior Lecturer at University of Seychelles (UniSey) where he trains young Seychellois in environmental sciences to be the future conservation champions of Seychelles. The partnership relies equally on the long-term commitment of many local partners. At present, an important Seychelles counterpart is the Plant Conservation Action group (PCA), which drives and coordinates much of the plant-related research and conservation in the country.

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