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PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                              Date: 8th September 2014

 New Outer Island Project to kick off at inception workshop

The new Outer Island Project of the Government of Seychelles, United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Facility (GOS-UNDP-GEF) will be initiated at an inception workshop on Wednesday, 10th September 2014.

The workshop will take place at Care House in Victoria, starting at 8.30 am . It has been organised by the GOS-UNDP-GEF Programme Coordination Unit (PCU), the organisation responsible for project implementation.

The workshop will bring together various key stakeholders including the Ministry of Environment and Energy, other Ministries and Government Agencies, UNDP, non-governmental organisations and private sectors representatives. Participants will be given an overview of project objectives, work plans, budget and outcomes.

The full name of the project is Expansion and Strengthening of the Protected Area Subsystem of the Outer Islands of Seychelles and its Integration into the Broader Land and Seascape. It is a five year-project with a total budget of US$ 1.7 million. It will be implemented by Project Manager Mrs Joanna Prosper.

The project seeks to promote the conservation and sustainable use of terrestrial and marine biodiversity in the Seychelles' Outer Islands such as the Alphonse Group, the Farquhar Atoll, Desroches, Poivre, D'Arros and St. Joseph, by expanding the protected areas system and strengthening protected area management through broad-scale ecosystem planning and sustainable land management activities.

The project aims to establish five new protected areas in the Outer Islands and to develop the necessary institutional framework (information and planning systems) to support the integrated management of the new protected areas such that biodiversity conservation is addressed while land degradation impacts are reduced at the same time.

The project will be implemented in collaboration with key partners the Island Conservation Society (ICS) and Islands Development Company (IDC) , as well as Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF), Save our Seas and the South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB) /Pangaea and other NGO partners.

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