Report on Port Glaud heritage sites published


S4S representative Michele Martin introducing the project

A leaflet has also been produced showing the “top 10 sites to visit” which is available from the Tourist Information Office in Victoria, various hotels in the district, as well as the district administration office. A sign board will shortly be installed by the road side near the police station depicting a map of the district featuring these heritage sites
It was in 2009 that the S4S was awarded funding from the Mangroves for the Future - Small Grants Programme (MFF-SGP) for a 15-month project on “enhancing community participation in sustainable coastal management” in the Port Glaud district.

The purpose of this project was to help the villagers of Port Glaud work together with local partners to plan how they want their community to develop sustainably, how they can take advantage of the increased tourism traffic, improve their livelihoods while at the same time protecting and enhancing the coastal environment and cultural heritage. 

Port Glaud waterfall

One of the outputs of the project was to increase public awareness on the importance of the natural and cultural heritage sites within the district.

With this in mind, a number of sites were identified by community members during a workshop held in April 2010 at Constance Ephelia Resort & Spa.

The cultural and natural significance of these sites were researched by Elke Talma (S4S), Ronley Fanchette (Ministry of Environment) and Catherina Bonnelame (Seychelles Heritage Foundation) using resources available at the National Archives to produce the report.

Hawksbill turtle nesting on Therese Island (Port Glaud)

In a ceremony held in January, the report was officially presented to the Port Glaud community based organisation Aksyon pour Lanvironman, the Port Glaud district administrator, the Seychelles Heritage Foundation, the Seychelles National Parks Authority, the National Archives and National Library, the MFF and other key partners.

Members of the public interested in reading a copy should contact the National Archives or Library, or visit the DA’s office in Port Glaud.

By Elke Talma
For Sustainability for Seychelles

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