Sun, 25th June 2017 | Updated Tuesday 20 June 2017, 04:53:43
Seychelles Nation 22-November-2016: The non-governmental organisation (NGO) Sustainability for Seychelles (S4S) will be hosting a half-day workshop on climate change and renewable energy for local farmers.
The workshop will take place on Wednesday November 23 at the Seychelles Institute of Agriculture and Horticulture, Anse à la Mouche.
As a small island developing state, Seychelles is extremely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In order to meet our international obligations and prepare for climate change, it is critical that the population of Seychelles become more aware and pro-active in terms of how they can both mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.
The agriculture sector has been pro-active in adopting new practices in response to climate change, but have not yet taken advantage of new developments in renewable energy that can help them lower their costs and their carbon footprint.
The NGO S4S is inviting farmers and agriculture students to take part in the workshop to learn more about the latest developments regarding climate change and agriculture, and how renewable energy technologies can help reduce energy costs for crops and livestock production.
Workshop partners include the Seychelles Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture, the Seychelles Agricultural Agency, and the Seychelles Energy Commission.
The workshop is being funded by the GOS/UNDP/GEF Resource Efficiency Project as well as the EU.
Some thirty participants are expected to attend the workshop, the objectives of which are:
1) To increase farmers' and farming students' awareness of climate change and its expected impacts on Seychelles and on agriculture;
2) To share examples of agricultural practices that can reduce the carbon footprint of farming and help farmers prepare for the expected impacts of climate change;
3) To introduce sources of financing for renewable energy and adaptation projects;
4) To inspire workshop participants to apply what they have learned to their work in the agriculture sector.
The workshop agenda includes presentations by various partners including S4S, the Seychelles Energy Commission, the Meteorological Services and the Seychelles Agricultural Agency, as well as opportunities for interaction and sharing among participants.
The workshop starts at 9am and finishes at 1pm.