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UniSey’s coral collection facility enriched | 17 July 2019

Over 50 coral samples collected from the ‘First Descent’ Nekton Mission, the first deep sea exploration of the Seychelles waters, now forms part of the University of Seychelles’ coral collection facility. Read More


Switch to LED Bulb Campaign!

LEDs (Light Emitting Diode) are increasingly becoming the energy-efficient light of choice amongst consumers worldwide. Perhaps, the reason for this is that when it comes to light bulbs, LED bulbs, compared to traditional light bulbs (Incandescent, CFLs and Halogens), by far are the most advantageous...Read More  

seynewsagencyFree bulbs: 2 islands in Seychelles encouraged to embrace LED in weekend campaign

Seychelles News Agency 21-July-2017 - Electricity consumers in Seychelles’ second- and third-most populated islands are being encouraged to switch to the more energy efficient LED light bulb in a campaign starting Friday...Read More  


Group Presentation of case study on Curieuse Marine Park Photo Credit Joanna Prosper 1

Management planning for protected areas in Seychelles

Seychelles Nation 08-May-2017 - Well-managed protected areas are central to the achievement of the Seychelles National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan 2015 —2020, the global Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals...Read More


CEO SEC Tony Imaduwa-nation photo

Cooling system for Victoria under discussion

Promoting energy efficiency

Seychelles Nation 27-April-2017 - A six-month feasibility study to assess the potential of having a centralised cooling system for Victoria has been conducted and the preliminary findings were discussed during a workshop yesterday morning...Read More


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Primary teachers learn how to educate students on energy efficiency and renewable energy

Seychelles Nation 25-April-2017 - Around 50 teachers from all 25 primary schools across Seychelles took part in a workshop to get an in-depth knowledge about energy efficiency...Read More


LEB Bulb Exchange

Public Responds positively to national LED campaign

Seychelles Nation 24-April-2017 - Quite a number of people queued up at the Seychelles Trading Company (STC) hypermarket on Saturday to have their traditional incandescent light bulbs exchanged for LED light bulbs, which has been described as the world's most efficient and reliable lighting technologies...Read More


National LED campaign launch today

Seychelles Nation 22-April-2017 - The GOS-UNDP-GEF Resource Efficiency Project in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, the Seychelles Energy Commission and the Public Utilities Corporation, will officially launch the National LED campaign in a small ceremony, which will take place today at the STC Hypermarket, commencing at 9.30am...Read More

Photo of Fish Credit Daig Romain  PCU

Conservation staff trained in coral reef monitoring techniques

Seychelles Nation 10-April-2017 - Coral reefs ‒ alongside sea grass beds, mangroves, lagoons and banks ‒ are key marine habitats in the outer islands of the Seychelles. Corals accumulate carbon and build atolls, and the heath of coral reefs is thus of primary importance for the integrity and long-term future of the islands, particularly in the face of rising sea levels and other threats associated with climate change...Read More

SEC and SIT enhance partnership through MoU signing

Seychelles Nation 20-March-2017- Staff and students of the Seychelles Institute of Technology (SIT) are set to benefit from training on renewable energy...Read More

March 5 is International Energy Efficiency Day!

Seychelles Nation 06-March-2017 - Most of the Small Island Developing States (Sids) are heavily reliant on fossil fuels for generation of electricity. Seychelles is no exception...Read More

Signing of MOU between CEO SEC and SCAA

SCAA embraces a greener future

Moving towards a greener Seychelles International Airport

Seychelles Nation 10-February-2017 - Will the Seychelles International Airport one day become green like the Galapagos Ecological Airport, officially known to be first green airport in the world and which runs completely on solar and wind power...Read More

 PA Day March

Protected Areas Day: Children calls for preservation of Protected Areas, while Minister warns of extinction

Seychelles Nation 01-February-2017 - Seychelles yesterday celebrated World Protected Areas Day. To mark the occasion, a group of children from primary and secondary schools marched in the streets of Victoria calling for the preservation of areas which have been demarcated as protected ones...Read More



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Solar water heating endorsement initiative kicks off in Seychelles

Seychelles Nation 30-January-2017 - One of the most efficient and cost-effective ways of using solar energy is to produce and store hot water. During recent electricity baseline studies, undertaken by the GOS-GEF-UNDP Resource Efficiency Project, it was found that 21% of household electricity costs relate to water heating...Read More


Tortoise on Desroches- Joanna Prosper

Establishing protected areas on the outer islands

Seychelles Nation 23-January-2017 - Seychelles' existing protected area system is primarily situated in the inner granitic islands, yet the outer coralline islands make up more than half of the total number of islands within the archipelago...Read More


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Celebrating Protected Areas Day

Seychelles Nation 16-January-2017 - So Christmas is over and its back to work and school. Nothing left to celebrate? Not to worry, we have you covered. January 31 is National Protected Areas Day and a great opportunity to explore our National Parks!...Read More 

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Stakeholders from banking, lending sector learn importance of financing energy-efficient projects

Seychelles Nation 12-December-2016: The role of commercial banks and financial institutions is seen as imperative in supporting Seychelles achieve its goal of becoming energy efficient...Read More

S4S to host climate change and energy workshop for farmers

 Seychelles Nation 22-November-2016: The non-governmental organisation (NGO) Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S) will be hosting a half-day workshop on climate change and renewable energy for local farmers...Read More

GOS-UNDP-GEF PV Project supports SS4 solar PV workshop for teachers in Seychelles

s4sS4S introduces teachers to solar PV

Seychells Nation 09-November-2016:Teachers from primary and secondary schools in Seychelles have taken part in a workshop to learnSustainability for Seychelles Logo more about solar photovoltaic (PV) technology and how to apply it in the classroom...Read More

Un premier plan financier commun pour les aires protégées aux Seychelles

PS AlainSeychelles Nation 21-October-2016: Hier, un ensemble d’acteurs ont été invité à un atelier, à la salle de conférence de STC, par le service de coordination du programme GOS-UNDP-GEF, afin de définir un système de financement durable à destination des aires protégées seychelloises.

Le projet de financement des aires protégées des Seychelles a démarré depuis mars 2016...Lire la suite

Stakeholders validate Mercury Initial Assessment report

Seychelles Nation:21-September-2016: Stakeholders met yesterday in a half-day workshop to validate the Mercury Assessment Report of the Minamata Convention on Mercury which is aimed at controlling mercury emissions and releases...Read More


What plant is that? New course sets high standard for plant identification

Seychelles Nation 05-September-2016: Twenty environmentalists have just completed a two-week intensive plant identification course for forest rehabilitation.

The course focused on teaching delegates to identify plants ranging from common invasive weeds to rare endemic species...Read More

Training Opportunity Announcement

Training Opportunity Announcement Forest Management Training

Two training courses on forest rehabilitation will be available in October 2016. One will be a two-week high level course and the other a one-week basic chainsaw / tree felling course.

Training will be to UK LANTRA standard and will be led by a certified trainer from the UK...Read More

Tackling climate change through energy efficient technologies

unplugSeychelles Nation 01. 08. 2016 - In Seychelles, the environment is forefront in Seychellois mind. The Seychellois people take pride in keeping the green landscapes clean and minimum to no littering. We are proud of our seas and try our utmost to respect it...Read More

Training Opportunity Announcement

Plant Identification for Forest Rehabilitation Training

The GOS-UNDP-GEF Programme Coordination Unit in Seychelles is implementing an Adaptation Fund project Ecosystem-based adaptation to climate change in Seychelles (EBA project). The project aims to rehabilitate forest. The project will establish best practice and undertake training of local participants who will then be expected to take a role in the project....Read more

 Praslin Schools joins solar schemePRASLIN PV LAUNCH-22

Seychelles Nation 07. 06. 2016 - Public schools on Praslin will soon be making savings on their electricity bills now that  they are equipped with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

This is part of the solar school programme whereby solar PV systems will be installed at all public schools around the country...Read more


Biodiversity and the ecosystem services it supports are the foundations for life on Earth and the livelihoods and well-being of people everywhere. Protecting biodiversity and preventing further losses is an essential investment in our collective future....Read More

Training opportunity in forest rehabilitation for trainers and team leaders

A group of four individuals, comprising of trainers and team leaders in forest management, will have the opportunity to be trained in forest rehabilitation. The training will be during the period 7th to 18th March...Read more

To download the training application form, click here.

Souvernir photo NBSAP 2 launchingMinistry endorses second biodiversity strategic plan

Seychelles Nation 31. 07. 15 - The Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change has endorsed the    second National Biodiversity Strategic and Action Plan (NBSAP)... Read More


LogoSecond NBSAP and newly developed CHM to be launched in Seychelles

Seychelles Nation 27. 07. 15 - The Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (MEECC) will be hosting an official ceremony to mark the endorsement of Seychelles’ second National Biodiversity Strategic and Action Plan (NBSAP) and to launch... Read More


Project Logos

'Our water, our choice’ - EbA project launches logo competition

GOS-UNDP-GEF PCU 27. 07. 15- Vulnerability of our islands ecosystems and communities to climate change is the baseline for finding measures to adapt to the change. Seychelles is economically, culturally and environmentally vulnerable to the effects of climate change ... Read More

PCU Programme CoordinatorGOS-UNDP-GEF projects - Two environmental projects completed

Seychelles Nation 18. 07 15 - The GOS-UNDP-GEF Programme Coordination Unit (PCU) hosted a full-day symposium to mark the closure of two projects: the Mainstreaming Biodiversity Management into Production Sector Activities (or BD project) and the Strengthening Seychelles' protected area system through non-governmental organisation management modalities (or PA project)...Read More


Le Jardin du Roi gets enhJardinduroi2anced facilities

Seychelles Nation 23. 05. 15 - Le Jardin du Roi spice and endemic garden has now some enhanced facilities including its own museum - an area dedicated to the history of spices in Seychelles since the 18th century...Read More


Workshop reviews and validates document for fundingValidation NPDF

Seychelles Nation 30. 05. 15 - Various stakeholders gathered yesterday at the International Conference Centre (ICCS) for a national validation workshop to review... Read More                                                                                                                   

Government of Seychelles launches GEF-6 national dialogue

The Government of Seychelles has been allocated funded from the sixth replenishment of the Global Environment Fund (GEF-6: 2014-2018) of US$ 7.59 million...Read More

Dr Rebecca Klaus during her presentationSeychelles' marine protected areas to be expanded

Seychelles Nation 14. 01. 15 - The Seychelles government is committed to expanding by 20-30% the country's marine protected area network...Read More


Spain PV tripSeychelles on fact finding mission to Spain in pursuit of energy diversification

Newsalert 05.01.15 - Between the 9th and 13th December 2014, a three man delegation visited Spain to obtain valuable information on a pioneering renewable energy and energy storage project being developed on El Hierro island in the Canaries...Read More

Countries' economic power does not predict conservation performance

IUCN: Gland, Switzerland, 1 December 2014 – Some countries are doing better than others at conserving their share of global vertebrate biodiversity, and the factors of success are not related to economic wealth... Read More

photo verybig 1871Seychelles must control crown-of-thorns starfish outbreak before coral reefs are decimated, says expert

Seychelles News Agency 02. 12. 14 - Increasing levels of human development in Seychelles coupled with rising sea temperatures have caused an outbreak of venomous starfish that feed on delicate coral reefs...Read More



commercail rebatePV financial rebate scheme launched for commercial sector

Seychelles Nation 29. 11. 14 - In support of the government's 2020 target of generating 20% of the country's energy from renewable sources rather than relying entirely on petroleum imports, Minister laporte the second photovoltaic (PV) financial scheme... Read More

EBA workshopClimate Change

The largest ever environmental project in Seychelles

Today in Seychelles 31. 10. 14 - Local environmental officers and counsellors representing several governmental agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGO) were invited to participate... Read More

projects signing ceremony Seychelles and UNDP sign three new environmental projects

Seychelles Nation  31. 10. 14 - The Government of Seychelles and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) yesterday afternoon signed agreements... Read More

Governments commit to significant funding increase and accelerated action to achieve biodiversity targets and sustainable development

Pyeongchang/Montreal 17 October: The Convention on Biological Diversity closed the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties today with Governments committing to step up actions to achieve, by the end of the decade, the Aichi Biodiversity Targets agreed four years ago, and contribute to the sustainable development agenda... Read More

OI inception workshopNew Outer Island Project launched

Seychelles Nation 11. 09.14 - After six years of study and evaluation, the new Outer Island Project, managed by the government of Seychelles, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the... Read More


EE education workshopWorkshop enhances environment education

Seychelles Nation 24. 07.14 - Environment education is expected to get a big boost through a two-day workshop being held at the International Conference Centre... Read More

Sixth Global Environment Facility Funding

US $7.6m to carry out environment projects

Seychelles Nation 08. 07. 14 - Seychelles will receive US $7.59 million from the Global Environment Facility which will be used to tackle emerging environment issues... Read More

ERPSeychelles steps up effort to fight invasive species

Seychelles Nation 13. 05. 14 - A national workshop to validate a structure for an emergency response plan (ERP) for pests, diseases and invasive alien species incursions and outbreaks took place this week... Read More

The United Nations Secretary-General Message on World Environment Day, 5 June 2014

"Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level"

World Environment Day 2014 falls during the International Year of Small Island Developing States, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the special needs of this diverse coalition as part of the global discussion on how to achieve a sustainable future ... Read More

Forty-sixth meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Forum, 16th meeting of the Least Developed Countries Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund (LDCF/SCCF) Council, and 5th GEF Assembly

Cancun/Mexico, May 25-30, 2014 - The 46th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council convened at the Moon Palace Hotel, Cancún, Mexico, from 25-27 May 2014. The three-day meeting brought together more than 500 representatives of governments,... Read More

Record Funding for the Global Environment

GENEVA, April 16, 2014 - 30 donor countries today pledged US$ 4.43 billion for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to support developing countries' efforts over the next four years to prevent degradation of the global environment... Read More

PA working group

Protected Areas set to be better safeguarded

Seychelles Nation 09. 04. 14 - Protected areas in Seychelles are set to be better safeguarded with the launch this week of a new policy governing them... Read More

media 1Environment and UNDP-GEF present joint projects

Seychelles Nation 14. 03. 14 - The Ministry of Environment and Energy recently made a presentation of environmental projects currently being implemented  in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and funded by the organisation’s Global Environment Fund (GEF) ...Read More

Trainees learning to use the cybertracker on field at Morne BlancSeychelles' biodiversity to be documented using CyberTracker

Seychelles Nation 14. 02. 14 - Two groups of animal and plant data collectors from key environmental institutions have followed two two-day courses on the use of advanced data collecting  ...Read More


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Stakeholders give input on new energy efficient project

Seychleles Nation 23. 01.14 - Stakeholders and partners promoting climate-resilient and resource-efficient technologies in the country met on Tuesday to give their input on a soon to be carried out energy  ...Read More


Seychellois delegates in RodriguesSeychelles and Rodrigues share fisheries experience

Seychelles Nation 09. 01. 14 - A group of Seychellois fishermen and an official from the Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA) have had the chance to learn about Rodrigues' fisheries co-management systems ...Read More

PV demo-systemPUC shows off photovoltaic demo-system

Seychelles Nation 25. 11. 13 - Photovoltaic installations are forecast to rise at its fastest pace here in the near future and the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) showed off its demo-system ...Read More


co-management signingFirst fisheries co-management plan for Praslin’s artisanal fishers

Seychelles Nation 15. 11. 13 - The first fisheries co-management plan for Seychelles has been developed on Praslin for fishers of artisanal trap and line fishing: an important step for the blue economy ...Read More


nbsap draft workshop 2013Stakeholders discuss draft of new biodiversity strategy and action plan

Seychelles Nation 3. 10. 13 - Stakeholders concerned with teh environment and biodiversity conservation met on Tuesday to give their input so as to finalise a draft of the new National Biodiveristy Strategy and Action Plan ...Read More


Mr Alcindor presenting the equipments to Dr Shelley Marie of UniSeyUnisey's wetland project gets a boost

Seychelles Nation 16. 09. 13 - As part of the BSc Environmental Science training at the University of Seychelles, students benefit from practical experience in addressing wetland issues using scientific and systematic approaches. Students enjoy hands-on experience, using specialist equipment ...Read More


The KBA workshopKey partners presented with biodiversity assessment findings

Seychelles Nation 19. 08. 13 - Officials from the Ministry of Environment and Energy and other partners have been presented with the findings of the biodiversity assessment for the country ...Read More


seo workshop groupStakeholders review draft of first Seychelles Environment Outlook report

Friday, 09 August 2013

Key stakeholders concerned with environment preservation, conservation, management and other related issues met yesterday to discuss and review the draft of a first Seychelles ...Read More

Message on the International Day for Biological Diversity Day from the Secretary General of the United Nations

Tuesday, 22 May 2013

 As the international community strives to accelerate its efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and define a post-2015 agenda, including a set of goals for sustainable development, water and biodiversity are important streams ...Read More

validation workshop of PA policyNew Protected Area Policy for Seychelles

Tuesday, 05 February 2013      

Seychelles has a comprehensive network of protected areas and in 2011 the Government  designated 50% of its land  territory as nature reserves as a contribution to fulfilling its obligations under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) to ensure ...Read more






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