Nomination of MPAs

Two new areas – around the Aldabra and Amirantes groups – will by February next year be designated as protected areas as part of a six-year public process called the Seychelles Marine Spatial Plan Initiative. Helena Sims – the project manager of the plan – told SNA last week that the decision is in support of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity to improve marine protection worldwide. Read full story here. 

For information on where to see the new marine protected areas’ nomination file at Ministry of Environment, Economy and Climate Change, please click here.

Seychelles News Agency 13 Dec 2017

Aldabra Atoll. Photo: Seychelles News Agency 2017

Illegal Fishing

Stakeholders discuss ways to protect Seychelles’ ‘Blue Gold’

The importance of fisheries for the Blue economy of Seychelles and the challenges of regulating fisheries and stopping illegal fishing were the focus of a symposium held on Wednesday.These challenges were discussed across two panels with speakers from the Seychelles and from overseas. The event, held at the Guy Morel Institute at Ma Joie, was organised by the Sir James Mancham International Centre for Peace Studies and Diplomacy (JMPC) and the James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute (Beri) of the University of Seychelles. Read full article here

Seychelles News Agency 9 Dec 2017

Presentation during Illegal fishing symposium.
Photo: Seychelles News Agency

Zoning Aldabra & Assumption

Aldabra, Assumption put in high biodiversity areas for Seychelles’ marine plan

The Seychelles’ Marine Spatial Plan is an initiative that looks at the management of all the different uses of the island nation’s Exclusive Economic Zone. Areas around Aldabra Atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the Assumption Atoll have been drafted as zone one areas — high marine biodiversity protection areas – under the Seychelles’ Marine Spatial Plan phase one presented on Friday. Discussions involving the management of the plan took place last Friday and looked at areas that will fall under zones one and two, and corresponding activities that will be allowed in each zone. Read full article here.

Seychelles News Agency 9 Oct 2017

The Seychelles’ Marine Spatial Plan is an initiative that looks at the management of all the different uses of the island nation’s Exclusive Economic Zone. (Gerard Larose, Seychelles Tourism Board)

Safeguarding Seychelles’ ocean

Speaking at the High Level panel discussion on Maritime Security on the opening day of the leadership “Our Oceans Conference” in Malta this week, President Danny Faure delivered a poignant message to world leaders, entrepreneurs, civil society leaders, scientists and researchers on the importance of having resilient blue economies and to finding innovative and visionary solutions on how to conserve and sustainably use our Ocean, for the present and future generations.

President Faure emphasised that; “Maritime security is an extremely important component of the sustainable development of the ocean economy. One of the expected results of the blue economy strategy is greater protection for Seychelles’ ocean space and resources through better coordination across different sectors, application of protective measures and greater use of surveillance and enforcement tools. This is certainly a formidable challenge for a SIDS like Seychelles. But, because of our limited and competing resources, it is particularly important that we have a well-thought out maritime security strategy, and this is thus our commitment and we welcome any cooperation that may be extended to us in this regard.”

The 2017 edition “An Ocean for Life” aims to drive forward new collaborations in the following ocean areas– marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, climate-change, and this year’s 2 extra themes, maritime security and sustainable blue economy. President Faure was invited to share the Seychelles experience on these themes and also provide an update on the previously registered commitments made in 2016. The commitments were on the issuance of the first Blue Bonds in support of sustainable fisheries, and the debt swap to develop a marine spatial plan of our EEZ and designate 30% as marine protected areas. Read full article here

Seychelles State House, 6 October 2017

Photo: Seychelles State House, 2017

Small Islands, Big Ideas

United Nations General Assembly, New York.

“From small islands come big ideas,” President Danny Faure told world leaders in New York yesterday. He was referring to action Seychelles has been taking in recent years to find innovative ways to fund sustainable development through the 2030 Agenda and address climate change under the Paris Agreement.

Read full article here. 

Seychelles in The Economist

THE Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 mostly tiny islands, whose collective area, at 460 sq km, is only about a third of London’s. But the country’s granite islands and coral atolls sit within an exclusive economic zone of 1.4m sq km. It is here, in the ocean, that conservationists are working on a new way for small countries to protect their marine environment.  Read full article here

The Economist. 7 September 2017

Seychelles Debt-for-nature swap and marine planning. Photo: The Economist

UN Ocean Conference 2017

Representatives from the Government of Seychelles will be attending the first ever UN Oceans Conference in New York City, 5-9 June 2017.

The high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development will be convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. The Governments of Fiji and Sweden have the co-hosting responsibilities of the Conference.

More information about the conference can be found here.

Sea Change in Seychelles

Seychelles featured in The Nature Conservancy magazine.  Written by Ginger Strand, the magazine article describes the Government of Seychelles’ efforts to protect 30% of its ocean and develop the Blue Economy.

Full article click here

Seychelles Ocean Festival 2016

Seychelles will be hosting a one-week festival in December to celebrate its rich marine heritage.
The Seychelles Ocean Festival which will be held from December 2-9, will be replacing the Sub Indian Ocean Seychelles (SUBIOS), also known as Seychelles Festival of the Sea.

The official launch of the event taking place at The Wharf Hotel and Marina on December 2, against a backdrop of the sea and the Eden Island.  For more information, visit the Festival’s Facebook page. 

Seychelles Ocean Festival 2016

Seychelles Ocean Festival 2016