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Seychelles Habitat Pushed to the Brink as Changing Climate Patterns Play Spoil Sport

Changing season patterns are proving to be a bane for picturesque Seychelles. The only nation where 50% of the land is a nature reserve is being pushed to tough times due to the shifting behavior of the seasons. Sadly, a handful of rare species of animals who have inhabited Seychelles are at risk as the seasons have been playing truant.

Seychelles is an island country spanning an archipelago of 115 islands in theIndian Ocean. Home for two UNESCO world heritage sites such as the legendary Vallée de Mai on Praslin where the wondrously shaped Coco-de-mer nut grows high on ancient palms and the Aldabra atoll, Seychelles has been a travelers delight for many years now.

The island nation is home to rare turtles and tortoises, mountain frogs and birds. All these species of animals are now at risk due to climate change. Seychelles also has the fifth largest population of Hawksbills the sea turtles, black parrot and green gecko.

The world’s biggest tortoise Aldabra listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on the Aldabra atoll are at risk due to the high temperature and tides. Experts also fear that the rising sea level will submerge or damage the atoll.

The short burst raining season and long dry periods cause insufficient drinking water supply too from time to time. The climate disorder is also affecting the breeding and feeding patterns of animals.

The United Nations Development Programme and Global Environment Facility have granted $8.7 million for climate change adaptation projects in the Indian Ocean archipelago. The fund is expected to be used for research in protecting the rare species and tackling issues like drought. Let’s hope the initiative bears fruit.

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