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Seychelles - Overview

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Biodiversity Facts

Status and trends of biodiversity, including benefits from biodiversity and ecosystem services

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The Seychelles is an archipelago consisting of 115 granite and coral islands that occupy a land area of 445 km2 in the South Western Indian Ocean... More »

Main pressures on and drivers of change to biodiversity (direct and indirect)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Some of the major threats to Seychelles’ biodiversity include: introduced species; habitat destruction/loss; anthropogenic activities (e.g. fishing, hunting, timber exploitation); pollution; siltation and disease... More »

Measures to Enhance Implementation of the Convention

Implementation of the NBSAP

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The Republic of Seychelles received a GEF enabling activities grant to develop its NBSAP in 1997. The NBSAP established 11 major goals (with related policy objectives) geared to bridge the gaps identified in the assessment: 1) Support general measures for conservation and sustainable use; 2) Strengthen identification and monitoring of biodiversity; 3) Increase in-situ conservation of biodiversity; 4) Promote ex-situ conservation; 5) Introduce ways and means for sustainable use of biodiversity; 6) Introduce incentive measures for biodiversity conservation; 7) Improve appropriate biodiversity-related research and training; 8) Augment public education and awareness of all facets of biodiversity; 9) Minimise adverse impacts on biodiversity; 10) Ensure access to and judicious control of genetic resources; and 11) Evaluate and use appropriate technology... More »

Actions taken to achieve the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity Targets

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

Approximately 47% of land is protected for environmental reasons in Seychelles. However, less than 0.1% of the marine environment is currently protected... More »

Support mechanisms for national implementation (legislation, funding, capacity-building, coordination, mainstreaming, etc.)

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

The primary strategic mechanism for the integration of environmental concerns into socioeconomic sectors in Seychelles is the Environment Management Plan of Seychelles (EMPS)... More »

Mechanisms for monitoring and reviewing implementation

The content of this biodiversity profile is still draft. The text below has been prepared by SCBD and remains subject to final approval by the Party concerned.

In all aspects of biodiversity conservation, enhanced monitoring and assessment of key components of biodiversity is required to enable and facilitate... More »

National Contacts

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Convention on Biological Diversity

H.E. Mr. Callixte d'Offay
CBD Primary NFP
Dr. Denis Matatiken
CBD Primary NFP, GTI NFP
Mr. Rony Renaud
Protected Areas NFP
Mr. Didier Dogley
ICNP ABS NFP

Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

Dr. Denis Matatiken
Cartagena Protocol Primary NFP
Mr. Joseph François
BCH NFP

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