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Seychelles' North Island Receives Nat Geo Award for Conservation
June 20, 2017
The North Island of Seychelles was the recipient of the National Geographic World Legacy Award for Conserving the Natural World. National Geographic annually collaborates with the international tourism trade fair ITB Berlin to acknowledge five outstanding sustainable franchises within the ecotourism industry. The five World Legacy awards include Destination Leadership, Earth Changers, Engaging Communities, Sense of Place and Conserving the Natural World.
The North Island Resort’s fundamental philosophy involves prioritizing the natural ecosystem of the island while providing a sustainable getaway for tourists. The North Island was privately owned as a copra plantation until it was sold in the 1970’s. Invasive species introduced earlier in the century radiated throughout the island, disrupting endemic species until the island was purchased with the intent of establishing an eco-tourism resort in 1997. The Seychelles North Island resort aligned with the Noah’s Ark project to ensure that the island would become a haven for native species once again.