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New climate change adaptation project to be launched

A new project of the Government of Seychelles, United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Facility (GOS-UNDP-GEF), which addresses climate change adaptation in Seychelles, will be launched at an inception workshop on Thursday 30th October, 2014.

The workshop will be held in the Seychelles Trading Company (STC) Conference Room, starting at 8.30 am.

The workshop will involve the participation of various key stakeholders including the Ministry of Environment and Energy, other Ministries and Government Agencies, UNDP, Parastatals and non-governmental organizations. Participants will be given an overview of the project objectives, work plan, budget and outcomes.

The aim of the new project, entitled Ecosystem Based Adaptation to Climate Change (or EBA project) is to reduce Seychelles' vulnerability to climate change, focusing on two key issues – water scarcity and flooding. It will be implemented at ecosystem level, looking at watershed and coastal rehabilitation. It will address issues such as conflicting water uses, the impact of development on water-related services, the impact of invasive alien species, whether water from catchment are being fully utilised, flooding and saltwater intrusion.

This project promises an innovative approach to water management in Seychelles and looks at building capacity from the local community to Government. The EBA project has a duration of six years, and is the largest ever GOS-UNDP-GEF project in Seychelles with a budget of US$ 6.5 million. Project implementation will be carried out in close cooperation with the Public Utilities Corporation. The project will be administered by Project Manager Mr Selby Remy.

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Ecosystem Based Adaptation to Climate Change in Seychelles (EBA Project)

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.

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

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