Mare Aux Cochons High altitude freshwater wetlands

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Mare Aux Cochons High altitude freshwater wetlands

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    1 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    04°37'S 55°25'E
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Mare Aux Cochons. 02/02/10; Mahé Island; 0.315 ha; 4°38'24"S, 55°25'00"E. National Park. As the only wetland area on the largest Seychellois Island and one of three inland wetland areas in the archipelago, this site plays a role in maintaining the biodiversity of the Western Indian Ocean Ecoregion. Several species of global conservation concern are found within this site, including the endangered Seychelles Scops Owl, the critically endangered Vateriopsis seychellarum plant as well as the vulnerable Seychelles frog (Soglossus sechellensis) and Seychelles tree frog (Tachycnemis seychellensis). There has been relatively little study on the site; however it has been recognised as a breeding ground for the tree frogs noted above. As this site is found within the Morne Seychellois National Park there is little commercial activity being carried out. The main sources of income from the site are from conservation, restoration and ecotourism activities. Invasive plants and animals pose the greatest threat to native invertebrate and smaller vertebrate species as well as to the native plants propagation in these areas. Under the state's jurisdiction, Mare aux Cochons is covered by the protective State legislation, however there is currently no site specific management plan. Ramsar site no.1905. Most recent RIS information: 2009.
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    • National Park
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