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VideoNovember 3, 2021

Seychelles Revises Climate Commitment to Include Blue Economy and Coastal Adaptation

As the world prepares for the 26th Climate Change Conference of the parties (COP 26) in Glasgow, Seychelles stands out with bold commitments in its national climate change agenda. Seychelles revised its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) to include Blue Economy and coastal adaptation. Seychelles has pledged to reduce its economy wide absolute GHG emissions by 26.4% nut to also protect 100% of its mangroves and seagrass ecosystems by 2030, implement its Marine Spatial Plan and effectively manage 30% of the marine protected areas within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). The World Bank supported the production of a report (link) which provided recommendations incorporated in Seychelles’ revised NDC. The report assesses issues in the Blue Economy such as gaps in the fisheries sector; lack of diversification in a tourism sector hindered by sea-level rise, coastal erosion and loss of coastal assets such as beaches and reefs; unsustainable mining; and ports operations plagued by increased storm and flooding frequency and intensity. The report promotes an integrated seascapes/landscapes management approach to help communities truly benefit from the use of natural resources and promote a climate-resilient development. “The conservation of marine and coastal assets is a priority for Seychelles,” says Julien Million, Senior Fisheries Specialist, World Bank. “Seychelles’ revision of its NDC to include sustainable Blue Economy and coastal adaptation will make a difference in how communities will build their resilience to climate change.”