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Monday, 15 September 2014

Seychelles: Climate change, Vanilla Islands, blue economy at SIDS Samoa

When he talked to FAO’s Da Silva about the expertise needed for the development of the Blue Economy Michel mentioned particularly the aspect of research in areas such as sustainable development of fisheries and blue growth initiatives.

“Mr Da Silva said that the FAO would gladly support Seychelles in these areas and that the organization is improving its expertise in ocean resources. He added that as the oceans will provide food for the future, this is a priority area for the FAO,” read the State House statement.

The UN Under Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Dr Carlos Lopes also expressed his support to the work Seychelles is doing to promote the Blue Economy, in a separate meeting with Michel.

The Seychellois head of state also met with the President of the neighbouring Indian Ocean archipelago of Zanzibar, off the coast of east Africa, Dr Ali Mohamed Shein where they spoke about the need to develop relations between Indian Ocean islands, given their proximity and similarities.

“He added that Zanzibar is a key part of the Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge which is being launched in Samoa, and that this project will bring even more opportunities through mobilisation of economic potential of the Blue Economy,” read the statement.

The Western Indian Ocean Coastal Challenge (WIOCC) is expected to be a strong and vocal partnership of Western Indian Ocean islands as well as other coastal countries and stakeholders where they will work together and commit to island conservation and sustainable livelihoods and find ways to respond to climate change threats over the next 20 years.

Another collaboration between regional islands with Michel addressed during talks with the president of Zanzibar is the Vanilla Islands tourism project which is aimed at revitalizing tourism marketing for the islands in the Indian Ocean by working together under a common brand.

According to the State House statement, Shein said that Zanzibar is keen to have exchanges in the tourism sector and pursue the partnership opportunities of the Vanilla Islands concept.

Source: seychellesnewsagency.com