The remote Indian Ocean atoll of Aldabra, one of the world’s largest, is the most south westerly group of the Seychelles islands, located some 1,100 kilometres from the main island of Mahé.
The Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF), a Public Trust established in 1979, which manages the unique atoll, has just announced plans to extend the outer reef boundaries of the atoll.
This follows recently completed research that has concluded that part of the outer reef was not being protected by the existing one-kilometre Special Reserve boundary around the atoll.
SIF was one of several non-governmental organisations, parastatal and private companies which received funding as part of a four-year project funded by the Global Environment Fund, GEF, which is administered by the United Nations Development Program, UNDP, to assist in the establishment of new protected areas, and also to improve the management of existing terrestrial and marine protected areas in Seychelles.
For SIF, the focus was on renewing Aldabra’s Management Plan by evaluating the effectiveness of the protection program already in place and assessing whether the area designated for protection back in 1979 was still relevant today.
- See more at: http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/3486/More+protection+for+Aldabra's+rich+marine+life+with+impending+extension+of+the+Seychelles+atoll's+outer+reef+boundary#sthash.U6CnX57B.dpuf