At a glance
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.