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PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                                     Date: 5th April, 2014

Seychelles' first Protected Area (PA) Policy will be launched in an official ceremony that will be held on Monday 7th April, 2014.

The launching ceremony will take place at Le Meridien Fisherman's Cove from 1430hrs-1530hrs.

The event is being hosted by the Minister of Environment and Energy, Prof. Rolph Payet. The launch will be attended by other representatives of the Ministry of Environment and Energy, and colleagues from other Ministries, Government Agencies, environmental non-governmental organisations (ENGOs), and the private sector.

The development of the PA policy was supported by the Government of Seychelles, United Nations Development Programme and Global Environment Facility (GOS-UNDP-GEF) programme in Seychelles, under the project Strengthening Seychelles' Protected Area System through NGO management modalities'.

The development of the PA Policy has been a year-long process, involving extensive consultation between the Ministry of Environment and Energy, other ministries and local stakeholders involved in the management of Seychelles' 21 formal protected areas.

During the ceremony, Minister Rolph Payet will present copies of the Policy to key Government institutions, NGOs and private sector representatives, highlighting the importance of partnerships that are instrumental in managing Seychelles' protected area system.

The new Policy supports elements of the Seychelles Sustainable Development Strategy 2012-2020 (SSDS) and Seychelles adoption of the blue economy. The policy adopts international standards and best practice to ensure efficient management of the existing set of protected areas and set the scene for the expansion of the protected area system in the future.

The policy includes new elements such as protocols for co-management of protected areas with communities and the private sector. It paves the way for a revision of laws and regulations concerning protected areas in Seychelles, which has been initiated in March this year.

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