Seychelles’ held talks on the sideline of the Environment Assembly

Minister Flavien Joubert, the Minister for Agriculture, Climate Change and Environment and Mr Denis Matatiken, the Principal Secretary for Environment, held several meetings on the sidelines of the United Nation Environment Assembly which was held in Nairobi from the 28th February to the 4th of March 2022.

The Seychelles delegation met with representative of the Food and Agriculture Organizations, FAO to further discuss climate smart agriculture projects for Seychelles which would tap into current financing streams from GEF and Adaptation Fund. FAO had agreed to collaborate with Seychelles in preparing a project on climate smart agriculture in November at the Glasgow climate and this meeting was aimed at further progress on this engagement. A delegation from FAO is expected in the country in April 2022 to gather information and conceptualize the project. The Seychelles delegation also held talks with Ambassador Peter Thompson, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) about the Great Blue wall Initiative. The initiative was launched at UNFCCC COP26 in Glascow in November 2021 with the purpose establishing a network of marine and coastal conserved areas to benefit biodiversity and local livelihoods, empowering communities to become stewards of the ocean. The initiative will be led by Government of the Western Indian Ocean region. A meeting will be held later this month in the Seychelles to discuss how we to take this initiative forward as a region to the donors in the upcoming Ocean conference in Lisbon in June 2021. Seychelles is expected to play a key role in mobilizing regional participation and also delivering the project to the global audience.

The minister also had discussions with the French Ambassador for the Environment, Silvie Lemmet on issues relating to hazardous waste movement in the western Indian Ocean and in particular challenges faced by La Reunion in moving waste to its final destination in Europe. It was noted that the different countries of the region are facing similar challenges and that there is a need to establish a regional initiative that will address movement and control at a regional level. The two parties agreed to develop further the issue through existing regional frameworks such as COI and Nairobi Convention and come up with concrete proposals in 2022.