Climate Catch 22: How do we build capacity to adapt when we don’t have capacity to get adaptation projects?

Small island states complain that procedures for the Green Climate Fund are too bureaucratic Continue reading Climate Catch 22: How do we build capacity to adapt when we don’t have capacity to get adaptation projects?

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?

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

Many yacht operations in Seychelles are not paying ANY taxes despite having heavy impact on the environment

THE PEOPLE Newspaper | June 03 2015 | Vol. 3 No. 19: The Seychelles Revenue Commission (SRC) and Customs are carrying out investigations into incidents of breach of licences and tax evasion in the yacht operations business, the Minister for Finance, Trade and the Blue Economy Jean-Paul Adam said in the Assembly on Tuesday this week. Continue reading Many yacht operations in Seychelles are not paying ANY taxes despite having heavy impact on the environment