A stepping stone to a career within the Blue economy

In 2004 Global Vision International (GVI) began its marine conservation expedition at Cap Ternay. This project, which is run in collaboration with the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA), was followed in 2009 by the establishment of a second research base on Curieuse Island and both projects now include an impressive portfolio of research subjects.

The GVI projects are entirely funded by international volunteers, who visit Seychelles to gain hands on experience in the field. This form of sustainable financing enables GVI to assist SNPA with data collection both above and below the water.

An important part of all GVI projects worldwide, is an investment in local capacity building. This is exemplified by the National Scholarship Programme, which provides opportunities for young nationals of host countries to join GVI projects free of charge. In Seychelles, the programme has been running since 2006 and over the last ten years dozens of participants have successfully completed placements on the GVI projects, enhancing their knowledge and career opportunities in the process.

Another multi-sectoral meeting was held last week at the Ex-National Assembly Hall, National House and chaired by the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Ambassador Maurice Loustau-Lalanne.

This meeting is held with private sector partners from the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA) as well as the Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the aim of discussing the challenges affecting the tourism industry and finding solutions to alleviate these.

The main items on the agenda were the situational analysis of crime involving visitors, noise pollution, stray dogs, some issues on Praslin and mooring of yachts.

The meeting kicked off with a presentation made by the Seychelles National Parks Authority. They are proposing that tourists staying at the hotels that are either inside or border the SNPA managed protected areas and using the PA everyday should pay an entrance fee like all other visiting tourists. This proposal is to double its current budget allocation, in order to achieve its conservation management objectives.

Biodiversity refers to the variety of life that exist on earth. This year’s theme is ‘Biodiversity and sustainable tourism’.

Here in Seychelles our tourism sector depends heavily on our unique and rich biodiversity and a well-managed tourism sector like ours contributes significantly to reducing threats to, and maintaining or increasing biodiversity values through tourism revenue.

The Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) is the guardian of some of the largest parts of the protected areas of the country, and therefore a major contributor to biodiversity conservation.

Last year the SNPA in collaboration with its partners organised a national ‘public presentation competition’ for all schools in the country. This year it diversified its activities to raise awareness on the country’s biodiversity.

For the first time government is investing money in a national campaign to sustain the long term fight against invasive creepers.

A sum of R250,000 to start with, is being provided to fund actions to fight these alien invaders in protected areas and state land. The campaign will comprise such actions as mobilising and supporting different groups of people in the community to engage more in the fight against invasive species, come up with awareness and education programmes to build capacity of people in the community, transfer expertise, knowledge and techniques gathered over the years to interested groups in the community. It is expected that the new campaign will result in more concerted effort and tangible outcomes in containing the spread of invasive species.

One of Seychelles’ most famous beaches Anse Major is now equipped with toilet facilities and two shelters which will benefit visitors and locals alike coming there for a pleasant picnic.

The facilities is a generous donation from Apex Hotel Supplies (AHS) as part of its corporate social responsibilities (CSR) for the benefit the community and tourists.

The donation was made possible by the owner of AHS, Peter Clarke, in collaboration with the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA). It was last year that SNPA in collaboration with private partners officially launched its development project for Anse Major.

It was a representative from AHS Neville Menigke who handed over the facilities and the key to the toilets to the chairman of SNPA Selby Remie.

A big step was made yesterday to speed up the transition of Seychelles to a low-carbon economy.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed yesterday between the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (MEECC) and the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry for the Low Carbon Pilot which consists of two projects:  Curieuse 100% Renewable and Solar Schools.

With this MoU, Seychelles will also receive 800 solar street led lights to be placed around the islands.

SNPA inparts environmental education to primary school

On Wednesday 6th of July 2016, two staff's from Seychelles National Parks Authority Forestry Section gave a presentation on endemic and invasive plants to a group of P6 Glacis student’s primary school.

The first presentation was made by Mrs. Sabrina Florentine. It was focused on certain endemic plants namely Palmis (DECKENIA NOBILIS ), Latanier Leaves(PHOENICOPHORUM BORSIGIANUM), Pitcher Plant (NEPENTHES PERVILLEI), Bwa Zoli Ker (PITTOSPORUM SENACIA ), Coco de mer (LODOICEA MALDIVICA), Lafisel Mov (SEYCHELLARIA THOMASETTE), Bilenbi Maron (COLEA SEYCHELLARUM), Prin Maron (LUDIA MAURITIANA VAR.SECHELLENSIS) and Lavannir Maron(VANILLA PHALAENOPSIS) information imparted was about their importance and the need to preserve them.

The Adventure Race to celebrate Ste Anne Marine Park 44th anniversary will take place on Sunday 19thMarch 2017, 9 am starting on Long island. (please see attached)We are inviting all park users, residents, the public and visitors to participate. If you would like to join the race(kayaking, running, swimming) please contact us for further details. Since we could not secure enough kayaks/canoes, participants would have to bring their own. Transport will be provided to and from Ste Anne Marine Park.

Interesting prizes for the winners.

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