Seychelles Vice President Danny Faure, who was representing the country at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development Rio+20, has said future negotiations on the green economy should include the issue of blue economy. “As islanders, we would like the blue economy to be an integral part of future negotiations on the green economy,” the Vice President told the Conference. “The oceans, seas, and their resources, not to mention the islands and coastal areas, are important for global food security and for achieving sustainable economic prosperity,” he said.
The cable has landed! And with it the promise of better, faster & cheaper connectivity to what is known as the world wide web, internet or cyberspace. And with that hyper connectivity the promise of a change-making transition that would revolutionize the way we work and live. Transforming from an information to a knowledge economy by advancing human to human, human to machine, and machine to machine interactions.
It’s a no brainer: one look at Port Victoria and one instantly realizes that seaports are located in areas that will bear the brunt of climate change impacts. These areas are coastal zones likely to experience sea-level rise, storms and flooding. One would think therefore that port authorities around the world would be planning for climate adaptation.
The 2014 UNDP Human Development Report has raised a firestorm of protest from the Seychelles Government. What is it?
I congratulate the Praslin fishermen in particular the Praslin Fishers Association (PFA) for the finalization of the Praslin coastal fishery plan. The plan is now awaiting approval by the Cabinet of Ministers before it can be implemented according to the Seychelles News Agency (http://www.seychellesnewsagency.com/articles/897#sthash.TyD1fvSa.dpuf)
Nature Seychelles’ Eric Blais (Cousin Island Special Reserve Coordinator) just attended a one day workshop together with other local civil society and private sector organisations in Seychelles that have an interest in tuna and tuna-like fishery. The consultative workshop was an initiative of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).
“When I was growing up, I remember a lot of fishermen fishing outside Port Victoria, near what we used to call ‘The Far’. The Light House. In those days there were spawning aggregations of groupers every April. Fishermen knew to fish there for a big catch. This spawning site vanished even before the land reclamation because of overfishing.” Dr Shah, Nature Seychelles CEO said in introducing a workshop presentation on conventional and acoustic tagging of herbivorous fish.
The People 10 April 2015: The government is pushing forward on transforming Seychelles into a Blue Economy. To be honest, the concept is still unclear to many outside the Government. We asked civil society leader and environmental & sustainability expert Dr.Nirmal Jivan Shah for his opinion.
P. Mawanda, TODAY Newspaper, 5 May 2015: The country’s move to establish the Blue Economy may remain a pipedream if issues such as illegal fishing are not addressed. But are the authorities adequately armed to deal with the situation?