Contributed by Rosie Fisher: As part of my role here at the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, I am an active member of the Sustainability Committee. We have been tackling environmental issues such as turning off lights when they’re not in use and helping to reduce the amount of plastic water bottles used by departments. Something that requires so little effort can have a huge impact, especially on a resort!
I specifically have been involved in the Seychelles Tourism and Sustainability Week, turtle nesting season, and more recently several tree planting campaigns.
The ‘20,000 Trees for Life’ is a recent project in the Seychelles, planting trees in areas where they have been previously removed. This is a similar campaign to the Four Seasons 10 Million Trees Campaign, which has been in action since Earth Week 2011, and is to commemorate the Four Seasons 50th Anniversary.
On Monday 5th November, the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles Sustainability Committee members helped to plant 100 trees at Baie Lazare Primary School.
After digging many of the holes on the Friday before, it was good to see our efforts being put to use planting trees that will help to stabilize the ecosystem.
The kids from the school were excited to see us on site, and helped us to plant the indigenous trees around their school. During the day Mr Agricole, the Principal Secretary for Environment and Energy, together with the Principle Secretary of Education Ms Merida Delcy planted a ‘bois citron’, an endemic tree which grows naturally only on Aride island.
Throughout the ceremony students read poems, performed a short sketch about the importance of keeping the trees and not cutting them down, as well as students from the the Wildlife Club of Seychelles performing a song that they had written about the native Taka Maka trees. It was great to see that the students have been made aware of the importance of the trees in the Seychelles, and performed in front of a large crowd, all of their fellow students, a film crew from the Seychelles Broadcasting Company, and photographers from The Nation newspaper!
The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles Sustainability Committee plan to keep up to date of the trees that we planted. As the school is so close, it means that we will be able to see the site developing over time!