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Aldabra was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982 as a prime example of a raised coral atoll and is significantly less disturbed than most other atolls in the Indian Ocean and elsewhere in the world.
 
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Vallée de Mai was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983 as an outstanding example of low- and intermediate-altitude palm forest characteristic of the Seychelles.
 
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PRIORITIES FOR FUTURE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (VALLÉE DE MAI)

Top priority

• Full biodiversity inventory and bibliography
• Demography of the Coco de Mer palm
• Water quality monitoring of Vallée de Mai streams
• Re-evaluation of alien species and their management
• The efficacy and value of firebreaks
• FIrebreaks – their effects on endemic species and alien species
• Tourism surveys

Lower priority and opportunistic

• Genetics of the different Coco de Mer populations
• Density of Coco de Mer palms in different habitats
• Coco de Mer forest plant associations
• Soil analysis of Coco de Mer sites
• Identification of keystone invertebrate species
• Ecosystem roles of Invertebrate taxa
• Population trends in invertebrate species
• Endemic lizard studies
• Caecilian studies
• Identification of keystone freshwater species
• Freshwater ecological studies
• Studies on invasive animal species e.g. tenrec, rat
• Cost-benefit analysis of Coco de Mer forest restoration

 
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  Free e-brochure for Vallee de Mai!
 
A new electronic brochure is now available for the Vallee de Mai. Free to download, this app will enhance your visit to this World Heritage Site. With a forest guide, information on visitor facilities and how to get there, this brochure is the perfect accompaniment both before and during your visit. Download it now!
 
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