Initially, 35 applications for a large grant was received. 18 of the 35 project proposals were invited to stage II following the Blue Grants Committee (BGC) review, opening the door to the possibility of grant of a SCR1 million from SeyCCAT. These fledgling projects have completed the two stages in which they submitted a concept note and a more detailed and in-depth full project proposal. Following a decision from the BGC and Board of Directors, only 13 projects have secured funding that will turn their Blue Economy visions into realities.

Entrepreneurship Development in the Blue Economy Sector- By Enterprise Seychelles Agency

This project aims to address a number of urgent issues facing micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that operate in the Blue Economy. Through extensive education and capacity building programmes of MSMEs and staff of the Agency, and by working in close collaboration with a number of partners, the Enterprise Seychelles Agency hopes to empower the targeted MSMEs to effectively executive their blue businesses.

 

Reduction of ocean pollution through sea floor clean up, and education of fishermen and youths about the impact of ocean pollution – By Marcus Quatre

As plastic pollution increasingly threatens Seychelles’ pristine marine ecosystems, a team of divers that has over 13 years’ experience in harvesting sea cucumbers are determined to put their skills to use by conducting underwater clean-ups of three popular diving areas around Mahé and documenting the entire process. Their project seeks to raise awareness around the issue of marine pollution in Seychelles.

 

Marine Scholarship Programme – By Wiseoceans

To ensure young Seychellois understand and can flourish under the Government’s continued emphasis on the Blue Economy in Seychelles, this project will offer a nine-month programme to Seychellois aged 18-25 that develops their knowledge of the marine environment while also increasing their employability within these fields.

 

Mapping coral population connectivity and ocean currents to inform management & policy of the coral reef system in Seychelles – By Seychelles Islands Foundation.

This ambitious project, the first of its kind, aims to map connectivity among major reefs across Seychelles and use this map to determine ‘keystone reefs’ i.e. those that supply coral larvae to other reefs in the region and so sustain their existence. Identification of these keystone reefs would provide a vital management tool for local authorities to more efficiently allocate conservation resources.

 

Nou lanmer ble: Lannen 2020 – By Dillys Pouponeau

A former Telesesel documentary maker hopes to produce a series of documentaries to educate the general public on the importance of marine conservation. The series, which will be in Creole with English subtitles, will comprise of numerous episodes that touch on topics including unsustainable fishing practices, marine species under threat and climate change.

 

Pilot and integration of tracking, logbook and market traceability tools for co-management of the small-scale fisheries sector in Seychelles – By Fishers and Boatowners Association

With roughly 1,700 artisanal fishermen working in Seychelles, the future of their businesses and livelihoods depends entirely on the long-term sustainability of the country’s small-scale fisheries sector. This proposal seeks to guarantee this by implementing a co-management approach to sustainability that uses data-driven tools and Satellite and Information Communication Technologies. By engaging 30 voluntary fishermen in activities such as data collection while at sea, the project seeks to facilitate social interaction in decision making and ultimately encourage societal change towards sustainability.

 

Accelerating uptake of the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Label (SSTL) sustainability certification in medium and large tourism establishments – By Department of Tourism

The SSTL is a points-based tourism management and certification scheme designed to improve environmental sustainability within the industry. However, since it was introduced in 2012, only 20 hotels in Seychelles have attained SSTL status – fewer than previously hoped. This project aims to rectify this by pushing more tourism establishments towards certification – 50% more in two years to be precise. A greater number of environmentally friendly hotels means a cleaner Seychelles for all.

 

Roadmap to Blue Carbon opportunities in the Seychelles – By James Michel Foundation

Mangroves, seagrass beds and other Blue Carbon ecosystems are among earth’s most efficient carbon sinks, burying carbon up to 40 times faster than tropical rainforests and locking it away in the ground for millennia. Unfortunately, due to coastal development, climate change and additional pressures, these ecosystems are declining dramatically. This project aims to address this by identifying potential Blue Carbon opportunities in Seychelles and building local capacity and literacy on the issue via a series of on-site workshops.

 

Community-based ecological wetland rehabilitation, Pasquiere, Praslin – By Terrestrial Restoration Action Society of Seychelles

Wetlands are considered the kidneys of coastal areas, cleaning waters, preventing floods and protecting shorelines – not to mention the haven they provide for a wide array of local flora and fauna. They are, however, unfortunately under threat in Seychelles, with a 90% decline recorded over recent years. This project will combat the degradation of critical wetland habitats at Pasquière within the Curieuse Marine National Park. By working with local organisations, communities and government in restoration efforts, better stewardship of these critical coastal habitats is hoped to be realised.

 

TGMI Blue Economy accelerator program – By The Guy Morel Institute

The Guy Morel Institute is offering established and aspiring entrepreneurs the opportunity to incubate and accelerate business ideas in the field of the Blue Economy through this project. With a target set of 20 entrepreneurs, the project seeks to diversify the types of businesses engaged in the Blue Economy, as the true potential of a number of emerging industries remains untapped today. The skills of at least 20 entrepreneurs are planned to be developed in the accelerator programme, which will encourage them to innovate in areas like fisheries, waste processing, aquaculture, and fish processing among others.

 

Go Now – By Lisa Bastienne

Go Now is a proposed social venture to be piloted in Seychelles that will act as a bridge between potential volunteers and civil society organisations that are actively working to promote, conduct research, or implement projects focused on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), especially the Blue Economy. This will be achieved by providing outreach services to SDG-focused civil society organisations and producing written and visual resources of SDG-related work taking place in Seychelles for widespread public consumption.

 

Video Documentaries and promotional videos  – By Barbara Hoareau

A series of visual documentaries and educational videos promoting a sustainable relationship between people and nature is the focus of this project. By increasing consciousness of the actions each of us can take to exist in harmony with nature, the material will act as a catalyst of change and positively influence all strata of society to become participants in sustainable marine development.

 

Fishing Livelihoods and Fisheries Management in the Mahé Granitic Island, Seychelles: A Cost-Benefit-Analysis based on a Value Chain Approach – By Keith Andre

This project seeks to conduct, among other studies, a cost-benefit analysis of fishermen on Mahé that will ultimately provide baseline information for sustainable management of the marine resources this sector relies on to survive. The information is planned to be used to raise awareness within the small-scale fishing community of their operation costs vis-à-vis the market prices of their products, how the value chain for fisheries operates, and how to reduce their risks.