A new exhibition will commemorate the five-year anniversary of one of Seychelles’ louder voices and international game-changer in ocean conversation, the Seychelles’ Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT), whereby visitors to the exhibition will stand a chance to win a trip to Silhouette.
In November 2015, the Seychelles’ Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT) was established. This came after the debt-for-nature swap which saw US$ 21.6 million of Seychelles’ external debt re-structured on more favourable terms. This was the first of its kind in Seychelles and in ocean conservation. SeyCCAT, a non-profit trust fund, was set up to oversee and manage this initiative, which ultimately relayed into investments in ocean stakeholders in Seychelles. Its main objectives encompass education, bold actions, and sustainable blue prosperity.
To commemorate this anniversary, SeyCCAT is organising a week-long exhibition and activities to showcase its journey over the past five years. The exhibition will be structured in several parts, each one of which will be dedicated to a particular aspect of, phase of our project (being) undertaken by SeyCCAT.
To name a few:
Seychelles Marine Spatial Plan
Similar to land planning, the Seychelles Marine Spatial Plan is a plan for our 1.4 million km2 Exclusive Economic Zone. So far, it has been a six-year consultative process that has successfully led to 30% of our waters being marine protected areas.
An innovative financial instrument, first launched globally by the Seychelles’ Government, to raise financing from capital market investors for projects that support the sustainable use of ocean resources. Out of the USD15million raised, USD3million is being managed by SeyCCAT for such projects.
Blue Grants Fund
34 projects have been approved by SeyCCAT between 2017 and 2019 under the Blue Grants Fund.
A SeyCCAT partnership with Nekton (a not-for-profit research foundation and the UK registered charity established to accelerate the scientific exploration and protection of the ocean) saw five research projects led by different individuals in the Seychelles.
Research is on-going to quantify the extent to which seagrasses in Seychelles contribute to the removal of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere. The project has three main focus, the mapping of seagrasses, quantifying CO2 absorption rates/capacity and awareness-raising of the subject on a national scale.
Over the week-long period, SeyCCAT is also organising:
Lunch Time Talks
The talks, which are open to the public, aim to cover several topics such as SeyCCAT’s achievements and opportunities, the wonders of gomon lanmer, Seychelles’ climate change plan and the spatial planning of Seychelles waters resulting in 30% of our seas being protected. Experts in these respective fields will offer explanations to the public of what these projects are about, why they are important, and of course, what is next.
Here is the schedule for the SEYCCAT@5 TIMETABLE R1
The 2014 documentary Mission Blue, which follows oceanographer Sylvia Earle’s campaign to save the world’s oceans from threats such as overfishing and toxic waste, will be screened at Deepam Cinema on Saturday 14th November. The general public will be invited to secure tickets for the viewing which will be followed by discussions with experts on the topics which the documentary addresses. Seats can be secured here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mission-blue-movie-screening-tickets-123619004771
Art & Poem Competition – The Voice of Seagrass Meadows
15 secondary schools are scheduled to visit the exhibition over the course of the week. In order to raise interest and awareness on the importance of seagrasses amongst the students, an art and poem competition is being organised to allow them to express their thoughts and understanding of the topic through art. The competition is open for S1-S5 students only and is being sponsored by Semi-Sub Seychelles.
Aside from showcasing its projects and raising awareness on climate change adaptation, SeyCCAT is also hoping to end the exhibition with a bank of ideas and suggestions from the public on what they feel it could engage in and explore going forward.
Date: Monday 9th to Saturday 14th November
Time: 0900 – 15.00 (last entry at 15.00).
Venue: National History Museum (Top Floor)