Aldabra celebrates World Wetlands Day 2011
By Roland Duval, March 4th 2011
As one of three recognised Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance within Seychelles, Aldabra’s staff community made the most of the chance to celebrate this year’s World Wetlands Day on 2nd February.
Aldabra Atoll became an official Ramsar site in 2010, along with Mare Aux Cochons (Mahé), following the designation of the Port Launay mangrove forest (Mahé) in 2005.
To commemorate this year’s World Wetlands Day, the atoll’s research staff prepared a joint presentation by rangers and volunteers, explaining the importance of wetland ecosystems and their valuable services to society, as well as history and principles of the Ramsar Convention.
The presentation also covered the need for raising public awareness of wetland values and why these ecosystems are heavily threatened by human activities and require special protection.
In the local context, the presentation additionally highlighted the various roles wetlands play in reducing the effects of climate change.
After the presentation, staff got up close and personal with some of the spectacular wetland scenery on Aldabra, during a boat trip through the mangroves of Bras Monsieur Clairmont and adjacent lagoon areas.
Ranger, Nella Victor presenting information to the Aldabra staff about wetlands (photo by P. Haupt)
Island Manager, Marc Jean-Baptiste and staff (Johnny Joubert, Andy Gouffe and Stan Denis) enjoy the outing into beautiful surroundings (left) while Nella Victor and volunteer Tessa Hempson enjoy a close-up view of the mangroves in Bras Monsieur Clairmont (right; both photos by J. Currie).