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Integrated Marine Turtle and Beach Management - Seychelles

Project: Integrated Marine Turtle and Beach Management - Seychelles 
Country: Seychelles 
Organisation / Address: Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles,
Po Box 1299
Victoria, Seychelles
Telephone: +248 261511 
Fax: +248 261511 
E-mail address: info@mcss.sc 
Alternate email address:  
Web site address: www.mcss.sc 
Location(s) of main activity: Mahe, Seychelles 
Project Summary: The Banyan Tree Resort, in partnership with the Marine Conservation Society, Seychelles (MCSS), is implementing a project of Integrated Marine Turtle and Beach Management at Intendance beach, South Mahé. This project focuses on the management of the beach, dune structure and associated vegetation to enhance turtle nesting and mitigate the impacts of tourism activities on the beach and dunes.

The project functions at various levels: it records turtle nesting activity, manages beach front vegetation and resort activities in a turtle–friendly manner; it incorporates local community involvement particularly through the inclusion of educational activities for school children; and it monitors the dynamics of sand movement on the beach through seasonal change. The project also further incorporates the Resort clients with educational talks, provision of information on turtles in the rooms and in particular information on how tourists should act if they encounter a turtle on the beach.

The Resort is working closely with the MCSS in the implementation of the project and in addition to other aspects will fund a Turtle officer post to fulfil the management, public relations and information provision roles through the Hawksbill nesting season.

Ultimately the project will work to harmonise the needs of tourism and turtles on the beach with the aim of making each beneficial to the other. 
Project Started: September 2003
Project Ended:
Reports / Information material: Torti de Mer, the quarterly newsletter on MCSS turtle conservation projects and other turtle projects in Seychelles, published by MCSS.

Marine Conservation news, the Biannual newsletter on MCSS marine conservation projects and other projects in Seychelles, published by MCSS.

Integrated Approach to Turtle Management: Poster presentation by MCSS to Atmosphere, Ecology, Ocean Dynamics in the Western Indian Ocean, for the Royal Society, London, January 2004.

Talma, E.S. (2005) 2004-05 Turtle Nesting Season. Marine Conservation Society Seychelles. Unpublished technical report, 25 pages.

Talma, E.S. (2006) 2005-06 Turtle Nesting Season. Marine Conservation Society Seychelles. Unpublished technical report, 23 pages.

Talma, E.S. (2007) Report on Turtle Nesting Activity recorded by MCSS and Banyan Tree Resort in the South of Mahe during the 2006-07 Season. Unpublished technical report, 37 pages.

Hutchinson, A., Hutchinson, B.J. and Koenig, K. (2007) The Global Hawksbill Nesting Map. In Volume III: State of the World’s Sea Turtles, 46 pages. Data source (Seychelles): record no. 97 – Talma, E. 
Planned activities: Please see Project Description document 
Collaborators: Banyan Tree Resort Seychelles; Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MENR); 
Budget available:  
Current Sponsors: Banyan Tree Green Imperative Fund 
Past Sponsors: Banyan Tree Green Imperative Fund 
Information contributed by: Elke Talma and David Rowat, MCSS 
Info last updated: 17 March 2008 
Additional text/image: P0219.doc

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