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The Indian Ocean Seychelles’ 115 granite and coral islands occupy a land area of 455 km² but most of the islands are small and can sustain very few people. In an attempt to increase land mass which is both suitable for occupation and economic development, the government, in tandem with interested parties, embarked on a land reclamation project in the late 1990’s. Mahé, the largest island and home to the majority of people and commercial activity has only a narrow strip of flat land running adjacent to the beaches and a small area of flat land to the south east of the island. The heavily forested, mountainous interior is an area of great natural beauty and unspoiled rain forest, and an area the Seychellois people wish to preserve.
This shot was taken from a high vantage point on Mahé. From the bottom of the shot progressing to the top you can see original land which quickly rises to the mountains (where I am standing), then comes the old shore line which now looks like a small creek. Next you can see a tract of reclaimed land on which the government has built housing for the local population. The land with the orange roofed buildings is the prestigious Eden Island and marina; built on reclaimed land, this South African developed complex houses luxury apartments and villas and berths for luxury sailing vessels.
In the distance one can see Ile de Cerf and the Sainte Anne Marine National Park.

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