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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2016

MEDIA ADVISORY: Outer Islands Public Presentation using PowerPoint School Competition’s Grand Finale set for May 19

Victoria, Seychelles – On May 19, the Outer Islands’ Public Presentation using Powerpoint School Competition will come to a close with a grand finale that will take place at the International Conference Centre of Seychelles (ICCS).

The competition’s grand finale will be held in conjunction with the World Biodiversity Day, marked annually on May 22. This year, the theme for this global celebration is Mainstreaming Biodiversity; Sustaining People and their livelihoods. It is a theme closely linked with Seychelles as our main economic activities (fishing and tourism), which in turns sustain the livelihoods of Seychellois, depends greatly on biodiversity. Not only is the theme linked with Seychelles, but it also ties well with the objective of competition.

It has been organised by the GOS-UNDP-GEF Outer Islands Project, Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA), Island Conservation Society (ICS), Eco-School of the Ministry of Education with the support of the Department of Public Education and Community Outreach of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change.

Launched alongside the Outer Islands’ School art poster competition – themed “Positive and Negative Influences of the Biodiversity of the Outer Islands”, the competition targeted students from primary, secondary and post-secondary level. It is primarily aimed at enhancing public awareness and increasing understanding on the importance of protecting the unique environment of these islands, and their biodiversity through our Seychellois youths.

Both competitions have been initiated under the GOS-UNDP-GEF Outer Islands Project. One of the activities under the project is to carry out broad-based education and awareness campaigns in the Seychelles on the Outer Islands and the activities of the project and its partners.

More than 40 teams from various schools of Seychelles registered for the competition. But, following the preliminary elimination only 6 teams have emerged as finalists, and will be competing to win at the competition’s final round.

The event’s programme will also include performances from some of our talented local artists, including names such as Jahkim, DJ Taj and Joe Samy, and some young performers from schools.

The winning teams, including winners of the art poster competition, will be awarded with their prizes at the end of the programme. Winners of the both competitions will win prizes such as cash prizes, books on biodiversity and Seychelles’ Outer Islands, trip to Curieuse and Aride Nature Reserves among others.

The winning artworks with along the top 10 best will be on exhibit in the ICCS lobby. The exhibit will also include other GOS-UNDP-GEF Projects, Environmental Non-Governmental Organisation and governmental organizations, who will be showcasing the various conservation work they are undertaking and to further promote biodiversity conservation.

The Outer Islands Public Presentation using Powerpoint Competition will be held at the ICS, from 1.30 pm to 5 pm.

 

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About the GOS-UNDP-GEF Outer Islands Project

Background

Seychelles' existing protected area system is primarily situated in the Inner (Granitic) Islands of the country. The Outer Islands of the Seychelles make up more than half of the total number of islands within the archipelago and include nine of the twenty Important Bird Areas (IBAs) of Seychelles, but at present there are only two fully gazetted protected areas in the Outer Islands: (i) Aldabra Special Reserve (15,260 ha terrestrial and 23,100 ha marine) and (ii) the African Banks Protected Area (2 ha terrestrial and 3 ha marine), as well as two declared Nature Reserves (Boudeuse and Etoile, each less than 1 ha.).

Expected Outcomes

The aim of the OI project is to promote the conservation and sustainable use of terrestrial and marine biodiversity in the Seychelles' Outer Islands by expanding the protected areas system and strengthening protected area management, supported by broad-scale ecosystem planning and sustainable land management activities to conserve ecosystem functions. It consists of the following components:

• Establishment of new protected areas; and

• Development of an institutional framework supporting the integrated management of the new PAs.

 

 

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