Launching of the shoreline management plan

The Shoreline Management Plan was officially has been officially launched.

The EU has allocated a grant of 3 m EUR to the Government of Seychelles under the Global Climate Change Alliance + project which is EU’s flagship programme assisting vulnerable countries in adapting to climate change. The project is implemented and benefiting from the expert knowledge of UNDP.

A first key component of the project is to assist the Government of Seychelles in addressing flooding problems occurring on La Digue. The project has been formulated after consultations with the local communities to ensure that the activities address their concerns. Surveys have already been undertaken to test the salinity of the groundwater (which adversely impacts on the local crops) due to infiltration during high tides. A series of drains will also be constructed to evacuate flood water. Another important activity concerns the prevention of soil erosion caused by high tidal waves.

The second component concerns the reinforcement of the capacity of the Ministry of Environment so that climate change is better integrated into policies. In this regard, the project is currently assisting Government in the preparation of the first-ever climate change policy. The project has also assisted Government in ensuring that climate change is duly taken into considerations in the new National Development Strategy 2019 – 2021 adopted in August 2019 in alignment with the country’s Vision 2032 document.

The launching of the Shoreline Management Plan took place on Friday 15th November 2019 on La Digue near Fish Trap Restaurant. Present at the ceremony was H.E Mr. Vincent Degert, Ambassador of the European Union, HOD of EU, French Ambassador, as well as the Minister for Environment Energy and Climate Change Mr. Wallace Cosgrow.