Seychelles designate one third of its EEZ as Marine Protected Areas
On March 26th 2020, the world witnessed a historical event where Seychelles completed a six year long initiative and designated 30% of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as marine protection areas, a target reached 10 years ahead of the global target to have 30% ocean protection by 2030.
Mr Wallace Cosgrow, the Minister of Environment, Energy and Climate Change signed the legal instrument in the presence of Mr Danny Faure, President of the Republic of Seychelles, high government officials and TNC representative.
Gazetting of the legal instruments will result in the declaration of 13 new protected areas. These include the designation of high biodiversity waters surrounding the Aldabra group, marine areas in the Amirantes including D’Arros to Poivre, and the South of Amirantes and Bird Island where no human activity other than sustainable tourism will be permitted. It also includes the medium biodiversity areas that fall within the Amirantes to Fortune Bank which will be designated for sustainable use where activities vital to Seychelles’ economy will continue to operate under new sustainability regulations.
‘The initiative is the result of extensive consultations with all the major sectors using or valuing the ocean in Seychelles’. Said the President in his inaugural speech.