WCS projects are ongoing and curriculum based; though funding may be implemented during a set period of time, the materials and programmes created continue to be used, updated, and made available for clubs and teachers.
Wildlife Clubs Mangrove Management and Restoration
Raise Your Voice!
Endangered Species & Spaces
Science Meets Art
(2011 - 2013)
The aim of this project, funded by the Seychelles Governance Capacity Building Programme 10th European Fund, was to empower youth to participate more actively in environmental decision-making in Seychelles. A series of workshops focused on climate change were organised for youth with the aim of engaging students in an exploration of climate change and enabling them to creatively express their ideas about how to raise their voice and take action against climate change. WCS participated in and organized several national events and festivals as well, with a focus on engaging youth, and several surveys were also conducted to find out more about youth environmental concerns. This project was a success, and resulted in an increase in active youth participation in environmental public meetings nationally, and in the establishment of a recognized youth environmental forum.
(2010 - 2012)
This project sought to reverse the trend of species and habitat loss by helping local schools and their communities learn to live sustainably to ensure that habitats and biodiversity are there for future generations to enjoy and ecologically benefit from them. The main objectives of the project were to increase awareness of children, youth, leaders and community members of endangered species and spaces in Seychelles, to reduce activities and behaviors which further threaten endangered species or their habitats (i.e. Habitat loss on la Digue and other main islands, poaching of sea turtles, etc.), and to produce useful materials for use in the training, teaching and learning about Seychelles biodiversity and their successful conservation. Training, workshops, public outreach talks and habitat improvement projects were implemented, and reached over 2000 individuals, particularly students and teachers. The resources created continue to be used at the WCS headquarters at UCEE.
This project seeks to explore how art can be used to promote conservation and the importance of nature. As part of the initiative funded by the Swiss Embassy, students at the Seychelles School of the Visual Arts are creating a variety of art projects, from illustrated storybooks to costumes and puppets along the theme of Seychelles wildlife to be used for outreach by WCS.