Registered as an NGO in Seychelles in April 2001, Island Conservation Society (ICS) owns and manages the Aride Island Nature Reserve, one of the finest nature reserves in the western Indian Ocean. The Islands Development Company (IDC) signed an agreement with ICS to advise and manage environmental and conservation issues on islands operating under the lease of the IDC. ICS conservation centres have been established in collaboration with IDC on the islands of Alphonse, Desroches, Silhouette and Farquhar with further projects planned.
Our aim is to promote the conservation and restoration of island ecosystems, sustainable development of islands, and awareness of their vulnerability and vital importance to the planet's biodiversity. Much of the work of ICS is guided by the ICS Board of Trustees, ICS Council and ICS Head Office which bring together experience and unique skill sets from different social sectors, working in close collaboration with scientists, naturalists, conservationists, volunteers, communities, schools, Government officials, other NGOs, hotels and others in the private sector, to understand nature and apply that knowledge to practical issues – ranging from identification and control of invasive species to sustainable resource use. The activities of the dedicated island teams primarily fall into the following categories: ecosystem status assessment and restoration, routine biodiversity monitoring of species and habitats (involving turtles, seabirds, coral reef, seagrass, mangroves, marine mammals, etc.), control of invasive alien species, waste management issues, anti-poaching programmes, and creation of environmental awareness on site and amongst the general public at a national and global level.