SeyCCAT strategic objective: Fer bann konsonmater vin pli okouran lo bann mezir lapes soutenab atraver bann mwayen tradisyonnel e osi rezo sosyal
Lead Project Partner: Allen Boniface
Mangliye i en plant ki pous lo lakot bann pei tropik dan delo somad. Apart ki protez lakot kont lerozyon, i osi en pepinyer pour bann diferan lespes pwason e i filtre bann debri ki larivye in anmennen e anpes li ariv lo resif, alor i osi en proteksyon pour resif ki en labita ki retenir en gran labondans pwason.
En lafore mangliye ki annan divers lespes mangliye i en landwar kle ki ed reprodiksyon bann lespes lamarin.
Lafore mangliye i en lekosistem tre konpleks me vilnerab akoz i annan plizyer fakter ki afekte son legzistans, par egzanp konblaz, polisyon, introdiksyon bann lespes anvaisan, ekstraksyon resours tel ki dibwa e derout larivyer.
Bann tel aktivite ki annan potansyel detri en lafore mangliye pe deza ganny observe dan sa labita sitye Caïman.
Menm si dan le pase in annan bokou proze k’in esey fer en lyezon ant mangliye ek ledikasyon piblik, i ankor annan en kantite travay ki bezwen ganny fer pou devlop lapresyasyon piblik pou mangliye e servis ki sa lespes i anmennen anver imen.
Nide sa proze, ki zis premye faz en pli gran proze, i pou prodwir en video 52 minit ki pou edik piblik espesyalman kominote Anse Boileau, lo lenportans e benefis en lafore mangliye, son fanksyonalite tel ki servis ki i delivre pour kominote, valer ki i kontribye dan sekter lapes, akoz ki nou bezwen aret pran li koman en sit pour zet salte. e ki lepak polisyon larivyer pe annan lo mangliye, e lo nou resif.
SeyCCAT funds: SR 99,720
Duration: December 2019 – November 2020.
Project Application Form: Coming Soon
Environment and social management plan: – Allen Boniface – ESMP_Clean_Final
The Caiman Project, consisting of 2 26-minute videos of the Caiman river and Mangrove area, is intended to educate the public, particularly the Anse Boileau community, of the detrimental impacts of polluting the marsh while highlighting the benefits of the Caiman mangrove ecosystem to the community and encouraging them to partake in projects aimed at supporting the marsh’s wellbeing.
The first video illustrates the ecosystem of the river and mangrove area in a healthy condition and emphasises on the ecosystem’s serviceability, whereas the second video showcases the degree to which the Caiman river, mangrove area, and coral reef are polluted along with how the pollution negatively impacts the habitat itself and the community. It also includes a clean-up activity and tree planting to incorporate specific mangrove species.
Beneficiaries/ affiliated entities, trainees and other cooperation
During the course of the project, a valuable synergy was developed with the Caiman Watershed Committee, associated with the Ecosystem Based Adaption Project by UNDP GOS Seychelles. Due to overlapping of the project site, the committee has provided guidance in the undertaking of the project to figure out how to create synergies and identify where projects can complement one another. Caiman Watershed Committee had collaborated with Ecosystem Based Adaptation Project to cover the costs for clean up and tree planting, particularly for protective equipment, transportation, and snacks and refreshments.
The reactions of the Anse Boileau community and members of the general public to the activities undertaken for the completion of the Caiman project, for example the interviews conducted and the sharing of a draft video of the project, were quite interesting. People have been able to voice their concerns regarding pollution, the cutting down of mangrove trees and the reclamation of land, meanwhile suggesting certain changes to be made in the area, for instance creating a mangrove boardwalk, turning the area into a tourist attraction or a picturesque spot for wedding photography. This indicates the Anse Boileau community’s profound interest in the safeguarding of the mangrove area and shows their willingness to engage.
SeyCCAT has also been of great support through the feedback and recommendations provided by the board members, thereby leading to the reorganisation of the video sequence as well as the inclusion of additional interviews.
- Throughout the project, the applicant has realised the importance of having an administrator to assist with the gathering of data relevant to the project and report writing.
- It was difficult to find interviewees since it was difficult to find people who were willing to be interviewed in the community. The sharing of video teasers prior to the launching of the 2 Caiman videos has also enabled the producers to see the target audience’s enthusiasm and it also encourages people to participate, either to be interviewed, partake in other activities, or make relevant recommendations that could be valuable to the project.
- There was also the challenge of acquiring concrete scientific facts and figures concerning the mangrove area to support the project due to the lack of research conducted in this specific area, which would not have been an issue if funding for the undertaking of a minimal biodiversity assessment had been accounted for.
- Having it in Creole meant some audiences were not reached, English subtitles were added later.
On the 14th July 2021, Allen Boniface in collaboration with SeyCCAT launched the Premiere of Caiman. A two-part documentary showing the importance of mangroves forests and the engagement of local communities in addressing the threats this mangrove forests face. Missed the premiere?
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