Continuing supporting implementation of the Seychelles National Climate Change Strategy

Continuing supporting implementation of the Seychelles National Climate Change Strategy

At a glance

Active programmes
Countries involved
Total budget
3,00 M€
GCCA priority area(s)
Effects of climate change on the region
A leading voice among Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and consisting of more than 116 islands, the Seychelles archipelago expects to be hit hard by the impacts of climate change. These impacts include floods, sea level rises and coastal erosion, droughts, together with tropical storms and cyclones set to become more frequent and intense.
Coral reefs, for example, protect the islands, attract tourists from around the world, and nurture the archipelago’s world class fisheries and biodiversity. But these reefs are increasingly threatened by rising sea surface temperatures and changes to the ocean’s chemistry.
The Indian Ocean nation is taking action to counter the negative impacts of global warming, in terms of both practical actions on the ground and within the framework of international processes.
The Seychelles Sustainable Development Strategy (SSDS) 2012-20 is another substantial and more recent policy framework also covering the climate change sector (its major chapter in financial terms). Following the previous Seychelles Environmental Management Plan (EMPS) [2000-10] the SSDS 2012-20 is the national instrument setting implementation priorities for sustainable development in line with Agenda 21. One of the key limitations of the SSDS is a weak integration with other economic and sector programmes under implementation, and a lack of sequenced chronogram with intermediate strategic objectives and milestones in the medium term. 
The Government of the Seychelles (GoS) leads the response to the climate change challenge , authoring and endorsing reform policies and strategies, involving domestic actors including non-state actors (NSA), enabling increasing participation of the private sector in the implementation of the SCCS / SSDS, and engaging in dialogue with donors, showing control and leadership in modernization reforms on public financial management and good governance, accountability and environmental sustainability.
GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
3,000,000.00 €
Key achievements

Activities started in 2016, including the preparation of the integrated shoreline management plan and salt water intrusion mapping.

Main activities per result

The project expected results will be aligned along two major components: 

  • Strengthening the climate change sector policy framework.

  • Supporting adaptation to climate change in coastal areas

The first Project Component will seek to a) enhance climate change policy harmonization and mainstreaming of climate change into sector strategies, b) strengthen sector governance capacity including coordination and monitoring, c) create a budgetary framework to improve climate finance readiness, d) build sector human resource and institutional capacity, especially at the MEE level, so as to strengthen and accelerate the implementation of the climate change policy and strategy and enhance country's absorption capacity on climate finance.

The second component will support the implementation of coastal climate change adaptation, which is of highest priority concern for the government of Seychelles, and to respond to the impacts of Climate change in terms of coastal erosions and flooding in vulnerable areas, it has initiated studies and emergency remedial works on the affected areas west coast Mahé and La Digue, and adaptation approaches such as Ecosystem Based Adaptation (EBA). The Government supports the application of the EBA methodology to the island of La Digue, which was heavily flooded twice in 2013 and experiences coastal erosion. Cost-effective EBA methods will be applied in project activities, in combination with various engineering technologies to address site-specific issues and opportunities enhancing climate change resilience to coastal flooding.