Outputs of the Marine Planning Process

Photo by Manu San Félix/National Geographic, shot during the Pristine Seas expedition to Seychelles, March 2015.

Photo by Manu San Félix/National Geographic, shot during the Pristine Seas expedition to Seychelles, March 2015.

Key outputs for the MSP in Seychelles include the following items in two phases: Phase I and Phase 2. Phase 1 was launched in February 2014 and will be completed in 2017. Phase 1 lays the foundation of the marine plan by developing a coarse scale zoning design and draft management considerations with stakeholders, for the first comprehensive marine spatial plan in Seychelles.

Phase 2 will begin in 2017 and include refining the zoning design and management considerations, in particular for the Territorial Sea (12 nautical miles), and completing the implementation plan, monitoring and review plan, and finalising budgets and costs. In accordance with the Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT), the MSP will prepare a marine plan in accordance with the governance framework and stakeholder consultation, a plan that will identify and propose areas for marine protection to meet high and medium biodiversity objectives, comprising  5 and 15 percent of Seychelles’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), respectively. In Phase 2, additional consultation with stakeholders, data collection and scientific analysis, will allow for refining the zoning design and evaluating different scenarios with stakeholders in order to achieve economic and ecological objectives for Seychelles.

Phase 1: 2014 – 2017

  • Spatial data catalogue for economic uses (biodiversity provided by UNDP-GEF PCU);
  • Website to communicate the process to stakeholders and the public;
  • MSP Atlas for existing zones, biodiversity, and human uses to inform zoning and planning
  • Zoning framework and planning tools;
  • Stakeholder workshops and consultations;
  • Mapping and spatial representation of stakeholder preferences;
  • Spatial decision-support tools;
  • Draft Activities Tables for zones and areas;
  • Coarse-scale zoning design and management considerations;
  • Draft Marine Plan including draft implementation plan, priority strategies and draft budget;
  • Draft Marine Plan approved by MSP Steering Committee; and
  • Draft Marine Plan approved by Seychelles Cabinet.

Phase 2: 2017 – 2020

  • Update MSP Atlas and spatial data catalogue
  • Stakeholder workshops and consultations;
  • Refine zoning design and management considerations;
  • Final Marine Plan including 30 percent of EEZ in marine protection, implementation plan, monitoring and review plan, priority strategies, integration with other projects, and budget;
  • Final Marine Plan approved by MSP Steering Committee;
  • Final Marine Plan approved by Seychelles Cabinet.

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