On the Side of the Islands

Island Biodiversity Surveying Citizen Science Project in Seychelles

Learn techniques for surveying tropical flora, fauna, and habitats while contributing to the sustainable management of Curieuse island.

Durations:  1 - 12 weeks

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Learn scientific techniques for conducting biodiversity surveys of Curieuse Island and its unique and threatened inhabitants Hawksbill sea turtles, giant Aldabra tortoises, and the Sicklefin lemon sharks, while contributing to data collection used by the Seychelles Parks & Gardens Authority to sustainably manage the island.

undefined 30 June 2022
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The GVI team living on the nationally protected Curieuse island assists the Seychelles Parks & Gardens Authority with gathering information that helps the organisation sustainably manage the island. By joining this program you will participate in this ongoing citizen science project while learning biodiversity surveying techniques taught by experienced conservationists. 

Volunteers on this program will be provided with an introductory presentation detailing why these biodiversity surveys are important for the conservation of the island. You will also be provided with a guide on the scientific methods used to survey each species, allowing you to fully engage with this important project. In the process, you will get the chance to observe and preserve the island’s endemic, iconic flora and fauna including Hawksbill turtles, the Aldabra giant tortoise, Sicklefin lemon sharks, and the mangroves.


  • Contribute to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals #14 Life Below Water and #15 Life on Land.
  • Earn experience in conservation while learning about tropical island life from experienced and enthusiastic GVI conservation staff. 
  • Live a sustainable lifestyle with other like-minded participants on Curieuse island’s famously beautiful Anse St. Jose beach. 
  • Visit the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve Park, a UNESCO Heritage Site, on Praslin Island. 

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