Save the Adaptation Fund

ECO Newsletter COP21 December 2015: The Adaptation Fund (AF) is a UNFCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) success story: more than 50 adaptation projects are currently underway in Latin America, Africa and Asia providing support to vulnerable people. Continue reading Save the Adaptation Fund

Economic inequality in a high income country: Can the Blue Economy Mind the Gap?

Recent emotive statements by politicians vying for the post of President in both the United States and Seychelles made me realize that no matter how different the Presidential races may be between these two countries, there are indeed some important similarities. Continue reading Economic inequality in a high income country: Can the Blue Economy Mind the Gap?

A new way to walk

The People 2/10/2014:  When addressing the UN General Assembly last week, President Barrack Obama remarked “Seychelles President James Michel said it was up to the countries that burn the most coal, oil and gas to do the most. If they don’t do something, the Earth will not survive and that will be the end of us all, Michel said”  Continue reading A new way to walk

Seychelles and the Ocean Goal

I was at the first Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 where Sustainable Development was hailed by the world community as the silver bullet to solve society’s ills. But somehow Sustainable Development emerged as a construct with a largely terrestrial focus.

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Breaking the Silos: Implementing ‘Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development’

The‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ will require a new culture of “shared responsibility,” described by the UN Secretary-General as based on agreed universal norms, global commitments, shared rules and evidence, collective action, and benchmarking for progress. Continue reading Breaking the Silos: Implementing ‘Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development’

Blue Economy and the Environment: “If we want the game to change then India is a game changer.”

Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah, Chief Executive of Nature Seychelles said these words at the end of President’s James Michel’s State Visit to India last week. Shah was part of the President’s delegation in the whirlwind tour to New Delhi and Mumbai as the country’s Special Envoy for Environment and Climate Change. Continue reading Blue Economy and the Environment: “If we want the game to change then India is a game changer.”

Seychelles reforms its marine sectors to capitalize on Blue Economy

Indian Ocean Observatory; June 16 2015: The marine related sectors of Seychelles such as fisheries and marine tourism, despite being financially successful for their specific operators may be under-performing in terms of delivering national benefits. Continue reading Seychelles reforms its marine sectors to capitalize on Blue Economy