SeyCCAT strategic objective: Develop and implement risk reduction and social resilience plans to adapt to the effects of climate change.
Lead Project Partner: Department of Energy and Climate Change
Partners: PUC and SMA
Seychelles is a coastal state with a mountainous topography with a narrow, flat coastal strip. Due to this, most development is concentrated on the coastline and is expected to increase in development density in the coming years. This presents a challenge for the government in terms of balancing the economic prosperity of the country and environmental sustainability. Threats which have been identified include poor planning practices when it comes to integrating water bodies with development, as well as the effects that exacerbated climate change and variability is having on the small island state in terms of managing its water supply for human as well as ecological needs. The project wishes to resolve these issues by securing funding to accomplish the following measures, namely:
- To purchase a detailed satellite imagery map of the island of Praslin to enable GIS officers to map out water bodies, including river dynamics, and mangrove species with greater accuracy focusing on mapping areas below the 30m contour line.
- To set up river monitoring equipment to measure water height in rivers/channels identified by the Ministry.
The Ministry has decided to focus on Praslin island, the second most developed island in the archipelago hosting approximately 7000 inhabitants, due to the budget and capacity constraints it currently faces to achieve the project on Mahe island where the majority of the population live.
The beneficiaries of the project include the general population on Praslin island, the Planning Authority, the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (MEECC), the scientific community, the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC), and the Seychelles Meteorological Authority (SMA).
The project hopes that after a successful completion of the project for Praslin island, a similar approach, with more funding provided, having learnt from the challenges and built capacity from the Praslin project, could be achieved on the main island of Mahe.
SeyCCAT funds: SCR 100, 000
Co-financing: SR 90,500.00
Duration: December 2019 – November 2020.
Project Application Form: SeyCCAT-BGF-Concept-Note_May-2019 MEECC