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Seychelles: Reforestation Campaign in Seychelles On Target to Plant 250,000 Trees

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A campaign aimed at reforesting some of the most eroded mountainous areas of Seychelles’ second-most populated island is on target to plant 250,000 trees in the next five years.

The campaign ‘Rebwaz mwan,’ meaning reforest me, involves widespread planting of 50,000 seedlings annually over the next five years on Praslin Island. The tree planting is seen as the biggest such campaign ever undertaken in Seychelles – 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean.

The seedlings are being planted on degraded land in select areas on Praslin for environmental protection and conservation of important ecosystems.

A conservation biologist working with the project, Elvina Henriette, told SNA that the initiative has come at an opportune time.

“Now that the COVID-19 pandemic has made humanity realise the importance of nurturing our relationship with nature, in many countries around the world, nature or wildlife has made a come-back. Let us as a nation take this opportunity to pave a new way forward in this national initiative to make Praslin a greener tropical island,” explained Henriette.

The tree planting launched in July is an initiative of Terrestrial Restoration Society of Seychelles (TRASS) and the Seychelles Employee Transition Scheme (SETS).

TRASS is based on Praslin and is the only environmental nonprofit organization committed to the rehabilitation of degraded forests in Seychelles. Over the past decades, several bush fires occurred on Praslin causing loss of habitats and biodiversity.