The Island Biodiversity and Conservation centre is an initiative from members of the scientific community of Seychelles, grouped under the NGO Island Biodiversity Conservation (IBC), and the University of Seychelles which provides it with logistical and administrative support.
IBC is a non-for-profit, non-governmental organisation associated to the University of Seychelles. Formed in December 2014, it aims at bringing together environmental scientists and practitioners to contribute to the development of research and biodiversity conservation in Seychelles and the western Indian Ocean region.
“To promote scientific studies, ecological research and conservation programmes on island biodiversity, the publication and dissemination of results, and the development of university curricula and local capacity in Seychelles and beyond”.
Objectives / Areas of Activity
- To build a group of environmental scientists and conservation practitioners co-opted by – or affiliated to – the University of Seychelles, willing to contribute to its development in the fields of island biodiversity and conservation.
- To promote and where appropriate undertake biodiversity inventories, monitoring schemes or other ecological studies in collaboration with other organisations.
- To produce or contribute to scientific or technical publications in the field of biodiversity conservation & environmental sciences, and to represent the University of Seychelles in international scientific events.
- To publish results from biological surveys or ecological programmes, and to valorise advances made in Seychelles in the fields of island biodiversity and conservation.
- To be part of the environmental component of a Research Unit for the University of Seychelles.
- To support the implementation of international research programmes on ecological processes and monitoring protocols related to biodiversity conservation.
- To provide scientific and technical guidance on environmental management, conservation and restoration programs for key biodiversity species, sites and habitats, and where necessary play an active role in their implementation.
- To develop the lecturing and student supervision capacity of the University of Seychelles for its curricula in environmental sciences; and to help UniSey to develop – or participate to – new national or international curricula in this field.
- To network and develop exchanges with foreign scientific institutions interested in biodiversity conservation and capacity building, particularly in the Indian Ocean, and where appropriate to be affiliated to such international institutions.
- To be a repository of ecological samples, data, research results and publications for the UniSey and any other national or international institutions that may have such interest.
- To raise/access funds and develop strategic partnerships in order to reach the main goal and objectives of the Association.