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National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan Project (NBSAP Project)

The NBSAP is at the centre of the Seychelles effort to fulfil its obligation in implementing the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), including the integration of sectoral and cross-sectoral plans, programmes and policies called for in article 6(b). It is a national project initiated by the Seychelles Ministry of Environment and Energy as a response to Article 6 of the Convention. It is co-funded by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and the government of Seychelles, and being implemented with the support of UNDP.Its primary function is to make specific recommendations for national action for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity. Recommendations for action are expressed as individual projects with unique objectives, timetable and budgets.

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Capacity Development for Improved National and International Environmental Management in Seychelles (CB2 Project)

The Environment Management Plan of Seychelles (EMPS) is the principal policy framework and institutional mechanism for addressing national and international environmental concerns in Seychelles. However, findings of the Seychelles National Capacity Self-Assessment (NCSA) that was carried out in 2005 identified a lack of a comprehensive framework for linking provisions and actions of the EMPS to other national development priorities or the activities of other sectors due to shortages in staff, technical skills and funding for follow-up actions. These marked deficiencies in institutional and policy guidance was also hindering the involvement of lead environment conservation partners in Seychelles. The NCSA primarily recognised limitations in EMPS capacity at the three levels: the systemic level (its Steering Committee); the institutional level (its Coordinating Unit and the International Conventions Unit); and at the individual level (individual and institutional, management, technical and field personnel).

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Capacity Development for Sustainable Land Management in Seychelles (SLM Project)

Over 80% of Seychelles land area is under some form of forest or vegetation cover which provides shelter to thousands of species in the ecosystem.  But land is fast becoming scarce due to various factors such as clearing of forest for development purposes (agriculture, housing, and infrastructure), forest fires, effects of Invasive Alien Species (IAS), unsustainable agriculture and construction practices, and landslides or rock falls. Some of these are factors can also contribute to land degradation and can be aggravated by climate change if they are not well managed.

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Grid-Connected Rooftop Photovoltaic Systems Project (PV Project)

Seychelles is almost 100% reliant on imported oil for its energy needs, which is of significant economic and budgetary cost and the single largest contributor of greenhouse gases in the country. Fuel demand continues to increase as a result of continued expansion of the electricity distributing system, the rising standard of living and increased foreign investment projects.  Seychelles has great potential in replacing some of the current oil-generated electricity with solar energy systems.

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Enabling Seychelles to prepare its Second National Communication as a response to its commitments under the UNFCCC (SNC Project)

Signatories to the UNFCCC are obligated to submit National Communications that identify the likely Climate Change threats to a country's economy and population, and highlight mitigation and adaptation measures. Seychelles submitted the First National Communication in 2000 which brought attention to Climate Change issues in Seychelles. However, it did not fully exploit strategic opportunities for feeding into the national development and there was limited participation of stakeholders from public and private sectors.

This current project supports activities to prepare Seychelles’ Second National Communication (SNC) which could also bring strategic and policy support.  The SNC is basically a reporting mechanism to honour the country’s continued commitment to the UNFCCC.

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Strengthening Seychelles’ Protected Area System through NGO Management Modalities (PA Project)

The 21 formal protected areas in Seychelles are under the administration of a number of different Government institutions, parastatals and NGOs, including the Ministry of Land Use and Housing (MLUH), Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA), Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA), Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF), Island Conservation Society (ICS) and Nature Seychelles (NS). As Seychelles has limited financial resources, and is geographically isolated from global centres of excellence in protected area planning and management, it is important that the diverse Government and non-government partners in the field of protected area management in Seychelles work in partnership to complement their individual capacities, knowledge and skills.

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Mainstreaming Prevention and Control of Introduction and Spread of Invasive Alien Species (Biosecurity Project)

Invasive Alien Species (IAS) are reported to be the single greatest threat to native species and habitats in Seychelles. IAS are harmful alien species, whose introduction or spread threaten the environment, the economy, or society, including human health.  IAS cost the Seychelles economy several millions of dollars annually,  approximately US$0.25 million per year, 2represents a major threat to the country’s unique biological diversity and could have severe negative impacts in the long run if unchecked. Over the years, concrete steps have been taken by local Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations (ENGO) to eradicate invasive alien species from the islands and to restore the ecosystems.

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Mainstreaming Biodiversity Management into Production Sector Activities (BD Project)

Seychelles’ ecosystems and biodiversity are relatively intact compared to many other small islands states, but development pressures are expected to increase substantially in the years to come. Past efforts at biodiversity conservation have focused on protected areas, but the major threats are associated with the main production sectors i.e. overfishing, mass tourism, and physical infrastructure development.

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