SASS training group photo.

Gaea Seychelles Launches Innovative Assessment of Island Rivers

JRS grantee, Gaea Seychelles, successfully launched activities within the Developing a Freshwater Biodiversity Information System for Conservation and Management in the Seychelles project on September 19. Events hosted over 70 attendees and included presentations by project Director Dr. Elvina Henriette as well as performances and role play by Gaea Seychelles’ Little Explorers Club.  The launch attracted national media attention coverage by the Seychelles Nation and on the Seychelles Public Broadcast News.

Gaea Seychelles Project Launch
Gaea Seychelles Little Explorer’s Club Project Launch role play
Project Launch Attendees from the University of Seychelles

After the launch, the project team leaders were trained on data collection and management for ecological projects and conservation efforts led by Dr. Bruno Senterre from project partners: the Plant Conservation Action Group and the Natural History Museum.

Participants in the database training.

The first field training undertaken was on the use of macro-invertebrates for biological monitoring of the health of rivers. The training was led by Gaea’s partner organization by GroundTruth. This was part of a train-the-trainers program where attendees gathered from: Gaea, the University of Seychelles, the Public Utility Corporation, the Seychelles Ministry of Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment and the Seychelles Island Foundation.

Participants in the Train-the-Trainer program – biomonitoring the river
Participants in the Train-the-Trainer program– biomonitoring the river

Project leaders also organized a presentation at the Natural History Museum given by GroundTruth trainer, Juan Tedder  titled The Sassy Side of Rive Health.  The presentation focused on the Stream Assessment Scoring System (SASS) aquatic biomonitoring method as well as the miniSASS citizen science tool for developing and promoting school and community oriented river biomonitoring.

Guest Lecturer, Juan Tedder, from GroundTruth.

Read more about the Gaea Seychelles Developing a Freshwater Biodiversity Information System for Conservation and Management in the Seychelles here.