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The Board of Directors of SeyCCAT appointed the new CEO of SeyCCAT, Angelique Pouponneau.  Angelique has always had a passion for advancing the sustainable use and conservation of our oceans. She was born and grew up in a fishing district, Bel Ombre, in Seychelles where she gained a first-hand perspective on the critical importance to preserve marine resources. Angelique is a lawyer (Seychelles and UK) and she holds an LLM in Environmental law specializing in the law of the sea and natural resources law. Also, Angelique is a trained climate change negotiator under the AOSIS Climate Change Fellowship Programme at the United Nations. Angelique has worked in different countries in the Caribbean, Pacific and the Indian Ocean on a wide-range of projects relating sustainable fisheries, sustainable management of marine biodiversity within and beyond national jurisdiction, and climate change, in particular, climate adaptation and climate finance. Further, she served as a legal expert of the African Group of Sixth Committee in works of oceans and law of the sea at the United Nations. Moreover, Angelique has experience working with civil society as a co-founder for a not-for-profit organization in Seychelles and a Board member of a Commonwealth-wide youth-led organization.

SeyCCAT is a conservation and climate adaptation trust fund, with a mandate to provide a sustainable flow of funds to support the long-term management and expansion of the Seychelles system of marine protected areas, and other activities, which contribute substantially to the conservation, protection and maintenance of the health of the ocean and the adaptation to climate change. It is currently capitalised with proceeds from the Government of Seychelles US$21.6M debt conversion that was completed in 2016 with the support of the Nature Conservancy (TNC) and the recently issued Blue Bond of US$ 3M. SeyCCAT expects to competitively grant at least US$ 700 000 per annum to support the Seychelles’ blue economy.

Miss Pouponneau is keen to get greater involvement of the fishing communities, the private sector and in particular young entrepreneurs. In the first 12 months, she is keen to see the fruition of the funding six Seychellois researchers to a deep water expedition on the Nekton vessel, the disbursement of the second round of funds and the commencement of the implementation of projects and finally, the release of the call for proposals for the third round of funding.

Our next call for project proposal will be released in the early second quarter of 2019. To stay updated, please check out our website: www.seyccat.org