We believe in an open, positive, sharing conservation community. All projects undertaken by the WiseOceans team follow our principles of collaboration, transparency, and open communication, with both relevant stakeholders and the local community.
We strongly believe that environmental education is one of the most effective forms of conservation, and that it plays a vital role in securing the future health of our oceans, and their inhabitants.
The Marine Scholarship Programme
The Marine Scholarship programme is a capacity building traineeship funded by Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Fund and delivered by GVI Seychelles and numerous local partnerships. The aim of the programme is to increase access to Blue Economy and Marine Conservation workplaces, via 9-month programmes that entail in-depth theoretical and practical training centered around the local marine environment.
Through this programme we will aid young adults to forge careers in the Blue Economy, which is the biggest growing sector in Seychelles and help to create the next generation of stewards of the Seychelles marine environment.
Sustainable Snorkelling at Ste Anne Marine Park
This current engagement programme, delivered by us, in partnership with The Seychelles Parks and Gardens Authority, involves working with local stakeholders and tour operators in Ste Anne Marine Park to improve sustainable tourism and snorkeling practices through a participatory process. We will also work to develop best practice guidelines that can be used in marine parks.
The Marine Education Programme
The WiseOceans Marine Education programme was a three-year programme funded by the Global Environment Fund and UNDP, in partnership with the Seychelles Ministry of Education. This programme increased marine learning in formal education across Mahé, through the development and integration of marine lessons into the national primary and secondary school curriculum.
During this programme we engaged with 3,922 students, increasing their understanding of marine science concepts, and giving them a greater understanding of their local environment.
Strategies for Large Scale Reef Restoration in Seychelles
This project, undertaken in 2018 – 2019, requested and funded by The World Bank. Here we acted as a local partner, in conjunction other organisations, including BMT Consultancy, UniSey and Marine Conservation Society Seychelles (MCSS), to provide local expertise and contribute where necessary to the feasibility study.
International Year of the Reef: Coral Reef Workshops
Funded by the Seychelles Environment Trust Fund, this project was year-long, and commenced coincidently with the 2018 International Year of the Reef celebrations. The project aimed to deliver fun and engaging coral reef workshops across primary and secondary schools in Seychelles. It also included the creation of a public coral reef mural, which can be found in Mahé, Seychelles.
Seychelles Blue Economy Youth Programme
In collaboration with the Seychelles Department for the Blue Economy, and the British High Commission of Seychelles, we delivered two Blue Economy Youth Programmes (2017 and 2018). Each programme entailed a two-week intensive and fun course and was offered to secondary school students across Seychelles. These programmes gave the students a valuable introduction to the ocean, and to the Blue Economy, among other marine conservation fields.
We create effective, engaging, and educational reef restoration projects of innovative design, which are bespoke to the local environmental and stakeholder needs. Based on sound scientific foundations, our projects assist the natural recovery of a reef and help to maintain coral diversity and natural resilience.
We have numerous projects where we aim to restore degraded areas of reef using the coral gardening technique and to inspire a sense of stewardship in local and international communities by connecting people to coral, and the threats that our reefs face.
Help us to restore coral reefs around the globe by participating in our conservation efforts! You can sponsor either 1, 2, or 4 sqm plots of coral reef, and will receive an adoption certificate and news. Sponsorship can also be gifted, and makes the perfect gift for the marine lover in your life.
Are you visiting one of our partnered resorts? Book now for the ‘Gift to the Reef’ experience and you can undertake this in person! Your support makes great things happen.
WiseOceans is a global specialist in marine conservation and education, running unique projects which take both environmental and stakeholder needs into account. With expertise in tropical coastal ecosystems, data collection, surveying, reef restoration and large-scale engagement and capacity building programmes we are very well suited to coordinate, manage, or develop any projects you may have.
If you wish to talk further about consultancy, please contact us.