For animals and plants, the Seychelles are heaven on earth. In the 1990s, the Indian Ocean islands became the first country in the world to integrate nature conservation into its constitution. Around 100 plants and several dozen animal species such as the giant tortoise, Gardiner's Seychelles frog, or the legendary Coco-de-Mer palm, can be found nowhere else in the world. In 2014, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched a BIOFIN financing scheme to ensure the continuation of conservation efforts. Representatives from NGOs, the government and the tourism and fisheries sectors meet in regular intervals to consult on effective conservation projects and determine their specific financial needs.
A film by Kilian Schütze