The first workshop of the project, titled “Blue Carbon – Seagrass Habitats in Seychelles: the state of knowledge” was held on 2nd -3rd March 2020, and focused primarily on a conversation with scientists and government officials. Many of the stakeholders and partners who will participate in the programme or benefit from its activities and outputs attended. Workshop events also included a seagrass snorkel field trip led by Dr Mortimer on the second day. Amongst the goals and achievements of the workshop were the following:
- Summarized the state of knowledge on seagrass and other blue carbon habitats (such as mangroves).
- Identified gaps, opportunities, and partners for the new blue carbon project.
- Introduced local stakeholders to the project and established their role within it.
- Familiarized local stakeholders with policy and scientific elements of the project.
For more on the existing work that has taken place in the Seychelles on seagrass,
- SeyCCAT’s Coastal Wetlands and Climate Change Project
- The PEW Charitable Trust Fund – Seychelles Presentation
- TNC – Scaling Climate Ambitions with Blue Carbon_Bridging Science and Policy
- Blue Carbon Finance Opportunities BERI
- Seagrass Ecosystems in Seychelles
- MCSS Seagrass Distribution Change Anse Royale 1998-2011
- Mapping of Shallow Benthic Habitats around Praslin Island Jude Bijoux
- University of Oxford – The global outlook on seagrass and mapping seagrass (pt1)
- University of Oxford – Overview of seagrass in Seychelles_project (pt2)
- Seagrass Meadows – BERI_UNISEY
For full access to the presentations, please go to the dropbox link – https://www.dropbox.com/sh/lg2fwgzpjppz7w1/AADgSVf4KyG0Fs1E0UdOVKQTa?dl=0