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Ecosystem Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Seychelles

Background

The climate change projections in the Seychelles show that rainfall, while increasing in overall terms, will become even more irregular. Much of the precipitation is falling in sharp bursts, creating heavy flooding in the wet season, while imposing an extended period of drought during the dry season. As island topography puts constraints on water storage capacity, the country's water supplies are heavily dependent on rainfall. Furthermore, the coastal zone is vulnerable to flooding as a consequence of rising sea levels and increased storm surges from cyclonic activity in the Western Indian Ocean.

The project will reduce these vulnerabilities by spearheading ecosystem-based adaptation as climate change risk management—restoring ecosystem functionality, and enhancing ecosystem resilience and sustaining watershed and coastal processes in order to secure critical water provisioning and flood attenuation ecosystem services from watersheds and coastal areas.

Expected Outcomes

The EBA project's aim is to reduce Seychelles' vulnerability to climate change, focusing on two key issues – water scarcity and flooding. It includes the following components:

• Watershed rehabilitation;

• Coastal rehabilitation, including coral reef rehabilitation; and

• Policy and strategies to support the above

 

* For project document, reports and other publications, click here.

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