The atoll is comprised of four large coral islands which enclose a shallow lagoon; the group of islands is itself surrounded by a coral reef. Due to difficulties of access and the atoll's isolation, Aldabra has been protected from human influence and thus retains some 152,000 giant tortoises, the world's largest population of this reptile. © UNESCO
2017 Conservation Outlook
Current state and trend of VALUES
Overall PROTECTION and MANAGEMENT
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Description of values
Freshwater and brackish pools
Seagrass and macroalgal communities
Marine water quality
Aldabra giant tortoises
Other terrestrial fauna
Sea and shorebirds
Marine invertebrates (other)
Ocean acidification thus poses a potentially high threat to many forms of marine life globally from plankton to corals to fishes and other megafauna.
• Gazette the protected area as a strict nature reserve and ecological reserve under new Protected Area Legislation when that legislation is enacted.
• Ensure that the necessary legislative mechanism is in place to implement zoning of the ecological reserve.
• Ensure that necessary orders under other relevant legislation are in place to give effect to management arrangements in the protected area (e.g. fisheries and wildlife protection notices).
• Investigate the designation of Aldabra Atoll as an International Maritime Organisation Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA).
• The management plan also included recommendations to update / develop policies pertaining to management of the protected area and review these policies on a three yearly basis, including but not restricted to:
• Biosecurity manual and protocols
• Tourism Policy
• EMS policy
• Piracy emergency response policy
• Human resource policies and procedures
• Staff training programs/needs assessment
• Research policy and procedures
• Sustainable financing strategy
• Requisition protocol
• Oil spill contingency plan
|№||Organization/ individuals||Project duration||Brief description of Active Projects|
|1||Seychelles Islands Foundation||Indian Ocean Commission and European Union funded project to improve biosecurity measures for Aldabra, entitled, ‘Institutionalisation and implementation of biosecurity measures to ensure sustainable conservation management of biodiversity on Aldabra Atoll’.|
|2||Zurich-Aldabra Research Platform (University of Zürich, SIF)||Research on terrestrial ecology; focus on interplay between giant tortoises, vegetation and climate, movement ecology of giant tortoises.|
|№||Site need title||Brief description of potential site needs||Support needed for following years|
|1||N/a||Implement the provisions of the Aldabra Atoll Biosecurity Plan, 2014, particularly in relation to surveillance and incursion response.||
|2||N/a||Implement plans for control and/or eradication of rats and cats.||
|3||N/a||Implement all other high priority key management strategies and actions included in the management plan, (identified as H-KMS)||
|4||.||Finalise the legal processes related to the extension of the marine protected area boundary and put in place surveillance measures and new technologies to ensure the boundary is enforced.||
|5||.||Implement marine water quality monitoring programme||
|6||.||Review marine monitoring programme to ensure that they adequately cover the newly extended marine protected area boundary||
|7||.||Implement monitoring programmes for other key coastal and marine habitats (e.g. sand beaches, seagrass beds and mangroves)||
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