Seychelles Climate Change Support Programme (SCCSP)

At a glance

2010-02-01 to 2014-05-01
Completed programmes
National Climate Change Committee (NCCC), Min. of Home Affairs, Environment, Transport & Energy (MHETE), Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC)
Total budget
2,00 M€
GCCA priority area(s)

The Seychelles Climate Change Strategy (SCCS) was formulated in 2009 to prevent and reduce the potential impacts of climate change on the country's development. The SCCS is articulated around the conclusions of Seychelles second National Communication to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The SCCS set preliminary guidelines for mainstreaming climate change into sustainable development as a national cross-sector programme addressing matters of policy, institutions, capacity building, civil society involvement and a 5 year action plan. However, a detailed operational budget disaggregating the cost of the implementation plan, and a sequenced chronogram allocating resources consequently in a medium term expenditure framework, are missing.

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.

Since the restructuring of the MEECC and the approval of the SSDS in 2011, competences concerning SSDS coordination are planned to lie under the Seychelles Sustainable Development Division (SSDD), and a Sustainable Development Inter-sector Committee (SDISC) is expected to act as vehicle for wider consultations and exchange of information and views on sustainable development and implementation. However, these bodies are not yet operational.

Capacity constraints for sector monitoring and coordination is a key constraint that is yet to receive proper attention and need enhancement so structures become fully operational and the national strategies be efficiently implemented. The allocation of roles and functions between the NCCC and the SDISC with regards to climate change will need also to be addressed.

GCCA's action programme
Geographical scope
Country groups
Initial GCCA/GCCA+ contribution
2,000,000.00 €

Overall objective

Enhance the sustainability of Seychelles development and economic reforms through mitigation policies and building resilience for adaptation to climate change impacts on the economy and society at large.

Specific objective

The specific objective of the project is to contribute to the implementation of the Seychelles Climate Change Strategy, through strengthening the climate change sector policy framework, and supporting adaptation to climate change in coastal areas.


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

  • Component A: strengthening the climate change sector policy framework.
  • Component B: supporting adaptation to climate change in coastal areas


Component A - strengthening the climate change sector policy framework

Project Component A seeks 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 MEECC 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.

Component B - supporting adaptation to climate change in vulnerable coastal areas

This component supports 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, similar to the approach and scope developed under component 2 of the UNDP EBA project. Cost-effective EBA methods are applied in project activities, in combination with various engineering technologies to address site-specific issues and opportunities enhancing climate change resilience to coastal flooding.

Challenges and lessons learned

Based on the above, the following areas need to be addressed:

  • The SCCS and SSDS should be harmonised and the action plan for the climate change sector reviewed. SCCS and SSDS steering structures should be streamlined to ensure maximum effectiveness,
  • A detailed mapping of key stakeholders and capacity needs assessment should be conducted to prepare and implement a capacity building program,
  • Focus should be given to key subsectors to add value (Integrated Coastal Management, Disaster Risk Reduction, etc.),
  • A climate finance scenario should be elaborated through the formulation of a sector financial budget to understand public expenditure and public investments in the medium term,
  • The monitoring and evaluation mechanism should be strengthened to measure progress with a common set of indicators for monitoring and evaluation of SCCS/SSDS climate change actions.