On the whole planet, we have access to around 1% of freshwater that exists in lakes, rivers, streams, creeks and reservoirs. Being significantly scarce, freshwater is also sparsely distributed across the planet, and in some areas, a lot is not available due to pollution.
In Seychelles, we are extremely fortunate to have available freshwater. However, we do not have a full picture of the health of our rivers. There has been much development and change that we have not yet accessed its implications on this extremely rare resource.
This three-year project brought by Gaea Seychelles aims to collect, store, analyze, and share data for better decision-making. As this is an understudied field, we will also provide capacity-building opportunities for our staff but also for other individuals or organizations.
Last week from 25th to 29th September we had Mr. Juan Tedder an Ecologist from one of our partners, GroundTruth South Africa, delivering training in Aquatic biomonitoring for macro-invertebrates and a presentation on the same. The participants learnt to pay attention to the creatures that we usually don’t even notice, learn techniques to identify and monitor them and discover how their presence or absence can indicate a problem arising from the river in which they inhabit.