We have come to a point in human history where we are becoming brutally aware of man’s impact on our environment, and the news isn’t always good. This has put many of us in a position where we feel the need to do something about it; but often enough we feel like there is only so much that one person can do to make a difference. If you have been looking for a way to do your part for the environment which offers you a pleasurable experience while still making a significant difference, you’ll be glad to hear about the unique conservational management structure employed by the owners of Cousine Island in the Seychelles.
Some quick history
After coming under French occupation in 1818, Cousine Island became the victim of natural pillaging during the colonial era. As time went on, deforestation of its vegetation took its toll on the local wildlife, who were also hunted to near extinction and forced, in many situations to abandon their island, their nesting grounds, their home. The surrounding waters were severely overfished, dwindling stock to next to nothing, and in a short space of time, the island became an icon of man’s destructive tendencies.
The island was eventually purchased in 1991 with the express purpose of reversing the damage done, and continually nurturing and protecting it. Indigenous plants were reintroduced while alien vegetation and animals were painstakingly removed. Endemic animals and birds were reintroduced and the waters were protected to such a degree that marine life began to make a strong comeback. But these kinds of conservation efforts come at a hefty price, and require manpower for their implementation. And it was through the setting up of the island’s luxury resort that this could be done.
And this is where you come in
Funds raised to nurture the island and preserve it were acquired through the profits of the resort. You might be aware that the cost of staying on a private island resort is a considerable one, and so by setting up such a resort, guests would automatically be doing their part for the island’s upkeep.
Though for many, simply throwing money at a problem doesn’t make it go away, which is why Cousine Island offers an awareness and conservational approach to the activities that can be partaken in on the island. Nature treks are done with the philosophy of conservation in mind, and guests can take the opportunity to track endangered birds and animals to monitor their progress, or can take part in planting endemic trees, leaving their mark and memory on the shores of the island for its betterment. Rather than taking a souvenir of turtle shell or coral and leaving a negative mark on the island, they could give something back, something that they know will remain a part of the island for years to come.