Special Announcement from the Powering Conservation on Cousin Island Indiegogo appeal!
Global Vision International (GVI) has teamed up with Nature Seychelles and Climatecaring to offer an amazing prize as our fund raising campaign reaches its climax.
We have raised 52% of our target as of 14/05/2014 with a huge boast from Utilita, a UK energy company that has donated £10K. The cash will take some time to organise through the corporate channels so will not show on the Indiegogo total. We hope to get closer to our target by offering this unique incentive.There are on average 12 hours of sunshine a day in the Seychelles Islands. We want you to donate £1 for every hour. For your £12 donation we will send you a postcard from paradise and our eternal gratitude, Plus you will be entered into a prize draw to win a FREE four week conservation expedition on Curieuse Island, a sister Island of Cousin, worth £1,495. The expedition is operated by GVI, the world's foremost volunteering organisation and keen supporter of our work in the Seychelles.
will assist the lucky winner to set up a crowd funding page to raise the funds
for an air ticket and donate the first £100 or equivalent currency to the site. Click here for full details.
This fund raising Campaign is being initiated by Nature Seychelles in partnership with Climatecaring.org and backed by Birdlife International. Small Island devolping states (SIDS) are at the the forfront of climate change. Rising sea levels and disturbance of natural weather patterns are already causing catastrophic changes to their very existence. Small economies reliant on tourism and fisheries are finding it increasingly hard to survive in a world where fish stocks are diminishing through over exploitation and a fickle tourist industry has been hit by one of the worst financial crises on record.
We need to replace the diesel powered generator on Cousin
Island with a Photovoltaic Solar Power system. This will bring multiple benefits:
Save approximately £600 a month, this money will used to fund continuing research,
extra staffing, island maintenance, boat repairs, energy security and much more. It will also
save around 8,000kg’s of CO² emissions annually. This will finally bring the Island
back to as near a pristine natural habitat as possible fulfilling the dream of
Dr Nirmal Shah (CEO, Nature Seychelles) and Dr Marco Lambertini (CEO, Birdlife
Quote from Dr Rolph Payet (Seychelles Minister for Enviroment and Energy).
As individuals we can do something about climate change and this is your
chance to make a difference, all be it small. If we can succeed in this project and
do many more, thereby influencing and teaching as we go it can be a BIG
difference and help in the fight to keep climate change in check.
Cousin Island, Seychelles.
Cousin Island is a granitic island covering 27 hectares and lies approximately 2km from Praslin Island. It became the world’s first internationally owned-reserve when it was purchased in 1968 by the International Council for the Protection of Birds (ICBP), now Birdlife International. The objective was to save the last remaining population of the Seychelles warblers and return the Island to its original natural state. Warbler numbers had dropped to 28 individuals at that time and their extinction looked imminent. The rescue mission has proved so successful that these endearing little song birds have now been reintroduced to other Islands. Their population now stands at 2500 and is growing annually.
As part of the Islands rehabilitation process it was made rat and cat free making one of the few rat free Islands in the Seychelles and a safe haven for breading birds.
First made into a Nature Reserve in 1968 it was afforded further protection when it was designated a Special Reserve in 1974. It is not only significant for sea birds and endemic land birds but is also the most important breeding site for Hawksbill turtles in the Western Indian Ocean. The reserve is managed by “Nature Seychelles” a local, well known and respected NGO. The Island is run solely by local staff and benefits local communities on the neighbouring Praslin Island through eco-tourism.
Magpie Robin recovery program: Another remarkable success story in the fight against species extinctions through manmade habitat change and disturbance’s.
Seychelles Magpie Robin.
This charismatic bird, originally found in great numbers on several islands, was in 1990 down to a population of only 23 birds on Frégate Island, making it one of the most critically endangered species in the world. In 1990, a special recovery programme was established by Nature Seychelles, leading to the eventual translocation of several birds to Cousin, Cousine, and Aride islands. In 1999 the total population had increased to 90 birds, 25 of them on Cousin, and today, there are about 250 scattered over various islands. The species has been removed from the critically endangered list but still remains endangered.
The island hosts over 300,000 nesting seabirds of seven species. A large colony, dominated by Lesser Noddie but including about 1300 pairs of Brown Noddies, is present from May to September during the south-east monsoon. During the north-west monsoon, the hill supports a breeding colony of Wedge tailed shearwaters.
Year-round breeders include White Fairy and Brindled terns, White tailed tropic birds and some 1000–1,500 pairs of Audubon’s Shearwaters. Several hundred Great and Lesser Frigate birds use the island for roosting and can be seen soaring over it. Some waders are present throughout the year, the commonest being the Ruddy Turnstone. Common Moorhens and Striated Herons also breed on the island.
Climatecaring.org: Reason to be.
Tim Kirkpatrick studied off grid PV design and installation extensively when studying for an MSc in renewable energy. As an ardent conservationist who had been GVI Seychelles country director for eight years he had a plan to start a movement that would assist conservation whilst mitigating against climate change and save large amounts of money at the same time.
To this end Climatecaring.org was born. It's Mission statement: Save 10,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually through the intelligent deployment of renewable energy systems. To do this using sound economic practices and education strategies that save significant amounts of money compared to a business as usual approach. In doing so kick start 100 like minded institutions annually to do the same, thereby saving 1 million tons of climate changing emissions. It is my sincere hope that, perhaps through this initiative, we as custodians of this beautiful planet may ensure its continued good health and harmony that is intrinsically linked to ours. The effects of man made climate change are destabalizing the earths abilty to regulate its complex life support systems that have been in perfect balance for thousands of years.
Below is a short extract from
the 2011 report from The United Nations International Panel on Climate
Tim will design and install the system on Cousin Island after this fund raising campaign has run its course.
How do we know PV sytems work well in Seychelles and what are the costs?
Tim designed and installed a PV stand alone system on the neighbouring Island of Curieuse. It came online on December 20th 2013. It has worked flawlessly since then, totally replacing the generator. The investment needed was £7217, this was paid back through the saving of generator fuel and maintenance costs on the 1st of March 2014.
The money being saved every month can be used to increase are conservation activities on the island from now on.
The Island is now saving £516 a month. CO² and other green house gas emissions avoided are 7955 Kg’s annually. Island peace and harmony; priceless.
In fact with the modern, reliable and cost effective renewable energy technology available today it does not make any financial or environmental sense to use generators for electrical energy production in the tropics.
Cousin PV standalone system.
The PV system for Cousin Island is already at the design
stage waiting for funding. We have calculated a rough power load profile which dictates the size of the system
needed to cover the entire daily output of the existing 5.5 Kva generator. Based on these calculations we have
estimated the Island will need a 6 Kw system with a battery bank size of approximately
20 Kilowatt hours (Kwh). The Curieuse PV system is 2 Kw therefore the Cousin system
will need to be 3 times larger. Giving us an estimated total cost of £25,000,
Taking into account the extra transport cost and inflation.
We want to thank you with
something special for donating towards our goal, so we have come up with unique
opportunities over five different levels of giving. There are a couple of
different ways to own specialy commissioned art works. The first is a series of
photographs by a talanted wildlife photographer, Maxime Aliaga. If you donate at the third
level, you can chose one picture featured in the video below by telling us the
ID number of the photo. At our fourth donation level you will receive two
pictures, with the option to receive up to 14 photos by donating an additional
£20 for each one.
We have also commisioned an art work of Cousin Island life by a renowned
local artist Michael Arnphie. A limited run of prints
will be availible for slightly larger donations. Micheal has now finished the art works and they have been added to our perks. Below are the stunning peices of work he has completed for us.
Cousin Island Study.
Cousin Island, lesser Noddy Study.
The Cousin Island Study will be a massive 8” x 20” fine art giclee on canvas print sent to you in a protective tube. This 18Mb print appears almost three dimensional with incredibly intricate detailing. It can be yours for a donation or £50. This will be a strictly limited edition; each print will be numbered and signed by the artist. Only 250 prints will ever be produced.
The Cousin Island, lesser Noddy Study will be an A4 fine art giclee on canvas print with equally incredible attention to detail. It can be yours for a donation of £40. Again this will be a strictly limited edition with each print signed by the Artist and numbered. Only 250 will ever be printed.
This is a once in a lifetime chance to own these artworks, and do a wonderful thing for a little island in the Indian Ocean, please don’t let it slip by.
Spread the word!
Even if you can't contribute to the fundraiser we still need your help to spread the word about our fundraiser. You can do this by using the share tools that can be found on the campaign at the bottom.
Risks & Challenges.
There is virtually zero risk involved in this campaign. Nature Seychelles is a long running well respected organisation with an international reputation. Tim Kirkpatrick is a long term resident of the Seychelles and well know local figure in the renewable energy field. He has designed and installed two Photovoltaic standalone systems on outer Islands which have proved their viability. The supply chain for equipment has already been established as well as technical backup.
From the end of the campaign it will take at least four months to complete the installation and commissioning of the Cousin Island PV system. The Seychelles is a rather remote region of the world and importing the components of the PV system by ship will take between two and three months from the time of ordering. Transportation to Cousin Island will be weather dependent which could hold up the installation further. Installation will take a few days. It is hoped that we will be up and running by September 2014. Perks that are posted will be sent out before this but obviously the access to system monitoring will only be available after the system is commissioned.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q, Why are there two Curieuse prize draw donation boxes?
A, They are both the same perk and just give it more exposure.
Q, Are you having trouble donating through the site?
A, If yes please leave a private comment and we will contact you to assist.