Zoning Design

The Seychelles MSP Initiative is zoning for marine protected areas, sustainable uses and multiple uses.  The Seychelles MSP is taking an integrated, multi-sector approach to zoning. The facilitation and scientific analyses are being led by The Nature Conservancy and TNC Canada, and the best available data, stakeholder information and local experts are contributing to the zoning design.

Zoning is an iterative process, and in July 2014 a process was proposed and a draft framework developed.  These were discussed with the MSP stakeholders over the course of several months to figure out the best way to zone for 30% marine protected areas while supporting the local economy, addressing any existing or possible future conflicts, supporting the development of the Blue Economy, and integrate with existing zones. This draft was revised several times and completed in January 2015 (ver 3.2). The initial framework had five zones that reflect the five themes of the MSP:  fishing, biodiversity, infrastructure, non-renewable resources, tourism & recreation. The revised framework has three zones: high biodiversity protection (Zone1); medium biodiversity protection – sustainable use (Zone 2); multiple use (Zone 3).

Documents:
Oct 2017 – Draft Zoning Framework: Table 1. Zone Categories (v4.0).  Click here to view

May 2017 – Draft Zoning Framework: Table 1. Zone Categories

Jun 2015 – Draft Zoning Framework: Table 1. Zone Categories (v3.5; map 2.0). Click here to view

Apr 2015 – Draft Zoning Framework: Table 1. Zone Categories (v3.4). Click here to view

Jan 2015 – Draft Zoning Framework: Full document (v3.2). Click here to view

Jul 2014 – Draft Zoning Process (v1.1). Click here to view

 

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