Mr Roland Alcindor, UNDP office Seychelles
All protocols observed
Ladies and Gentlemen
It gives me great pleasure to be here with you today on the occasion of the 2nd Steering Committee meeting for the component on adaptation to climate change on coastal areas under the the Global Climate Change Alliance programme.
This is my first visit to Seychelles and I have to admit that everything I read and heard about the beauty of your island is true. And the merit certainly goes to the Government and the people’s relentless efforts to preserve the natural authenticity and the environment of this island.
Seychelles is an inspiration to the world. And the European Union is particularly pleased to be associated with the Government in its environmental protection efforts.
The European Union has a long standing relationship with the Government of Seychelles and we have jointly worked very closely together in the domain of environmental protection.
The Global Climate Change Alliance programme – commonly referred to as the GCCA+ programme for which we are meeting today, is one such example.
Allow me to say a couple of words on the GCCA+ programme before we come to today's event.
The GCCA+ is a global programme which was established by the European Union in 2007 with a total envelope of 285 million EUR for the period 2008 to 2013.
The objective was to support developing countries and small islands developing states in their endeavours to adapt to climate change.
To-date the programme has supported more than 70 programmes in over 50 countries, including Seychelles, in Africa, Asia, Pacific and Caribbean and the Indian Ocean. Seychelles was allocated EUR 2 million under the 1st phase (2010-2013) of the GCCA, to support the sustainable development, climate change mitigation and adaptation measures. The programme was successfully implemented focusing on (i) increasing national knowledge of climate change impacts and risks; and (ii) supporting the creation of an institutional and legal framework promoting renewable energies, energy efficiency, innovation and access to technology transfer. One of the key outcomes of the programme was the enactment of the Seychelles Energy Act.
In light of its success, the European Union has allocated an additional envelope of 350 million EUR for the programme for the period 2014-2020. In addition, another 70 million EUR are also available for climate actions from the European Union regional funds until 2020.
The aim of the GCCA+ programme in Seychelles is to assist Government in adapting to climate change and developing resilience to its effects, thereby safeguarding the sustainable development of Seychelles. The total envelope of the programme in Seychelles is 3 million euros.
The programme comprises two components:
The timing of today's Steering Committee could not be more appropriate.
Last month the European Union fielded an external monitoring mission to Seychelles to assess the project implementation.
I am glad to inform you that we will present the mission's findings and recommendations during the Steering Committee meeting.
We are halfway through the implementation period. It is an excellent timing and occasion to discuss how the project is progressing and if there is any need to take any mitigative actions. The findings from the external mission will help us in this endeavour.
This project to address climate change effects on La Digue is a good example on how decisions taken in the COP21 Conference in Paris are being turned into concrete actions.
Through this important project, the European Union reiterates its commitment to support the Government of Seychelles in the implementation of its National Climate Change Strategy. Through this project the EU is also pleased to be associated with Government efforts to address key SDGs and meet the UN Sustainable Agenda 2030.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I wish the Steering Committee a successful deliberation.
Thank you for your attention.