Draft 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.

“We also looked at the conditions that come with these zones through the allowable activities and the management consideration,” said Helena Sims, the project manager of the 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 [EEZ]. At the same time, it will be promoting the Blue Economy agenda of the country, allowing for sustainable development, food security and economic prosperity.

The project, which started in 2014 and ends in 2020, has as the target of identifying 30 percent of the Exclusive Economic Zone for protection and management. Zone one has been demarcated as ‘high marine biodiversity protection’ which aims at increasing areas of protection and conserving unique biodiversity.

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)

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Seychelles News Agency