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Plant Conservation

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Seychelles was one of the first countries that implemented a national response to CBD's Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (media reports in The Nation, Cuttings, BGjournal). The strategy includes 14 targets related to understanding and documenting plant diversity, conserving plant diversity, using plant diversity sustainably, promoting education and awareness about plant diversity, and capacity building for the conservation of plant diversity (Strategy, special issue in Kapisen). In 2007 the conservation strategy was complemented with a research agenda.


The Plant Conservation Action group (PCA), a local environmental NGO is the main institution that is promoting the implementation of the strategy. To date substantial progress has been made especially in the areas of understanding and documenting plant diversity, in situ conservation (e.g., coco de mer), habitat restoration, promoting education and awareness building, and capacity building. The ex situ conservation programme of the Barbarons Biodiversity Center is unfortunately currently underfunded.


A series of ETH student projects led to a comprehensive review of the IUCN red data list assessment of Seychelles woody flora (e.g., Campnosperma seychellarum or Pandanus sechellarum).


Currently, a Master student in the Plant Ecology Genetics group of ETH is studying the conservation and landscape genetics of Seychelles endemic pitcher plant, Nepenthes pervillei.

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Seychelles National Strategy for Plant Conservation

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