TODAY Newspaper; 16 December 2017: by Kate Carolus. The first report on the state of coral reefs of all countries of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) is out. It was officially presented on Saturday 9 December in Nairobi, Kenya, during the ICRI General Assembly of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI). The purpose of the publication is to provide updated information on the state of coral reefs in the region, including impacts of one of the largest coral bleaching events in 2016.
Spreading from the western Pacific, the lethal heat wave associated to the 2015/17 El Niño hit the western Indian Ocean around February 2016. Here in the Seychelles, the water temperature averaged 30°C for four consecutive months, peaking over 31°C on some days!
Seychelles has considerable opportunities to continue climbing the income ladder, especially given its natural capital, which is of global significance, says a recent World Bank report, the Seychelles Systematic Country Diagnostic (SCD)“Seychelles has built a powerful brand name linked to the abundance and beauty of its natural environment and resources, including its tropical islands, beaches, and the ocean. The opportunity is for Seychelles to consolidate its regional, and even global, leadership status in the management and sustainable use of these resources”. A further source of opportunities for Seychelles arises from its strategic location in the western Indian Ocean. This is well-aligned with the emerging global focus on sustainable ocean resource use and management – the Blue Economy.
Nature Seychelles CEO, Dr Nirmal Shah has been named Indian Ocean Hero in the latest issue of New African Magazine. In the article titled “Africa’s Indian Ocean heroes and climate change” the writer highlights that Africa is especially affected by climate change and specific issues need to be addressed in the ongoing climate talks in Paris, the Conference of Parties (COP21). Shah together with Dr. David Obura and Mohammed Ali Baddi of Kenya, are named Indian Ocean heroes for their passion and years of work in conservation in the region. This issue of the magazine is a special issue focusing on COP21. Shah, in his capacity as a special envoy is in fact part of the delegation representing Seychelles at COP21.