“Blue” finance flows in the Seychelles

Protecting the sea from over-exploitation while providing people who live off it with sustainable livelihood is not cheap, but in the Seychelles, financial instruments are making it easier.

The Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, is rich in biodiversity. However, years of over-fishing and the impact of climate change has meant that many Seychellois are unable to make a living.

The island nation’s Government has been supported by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to put together a financial plan, including a “blue bond” and debt restructuring focused on climate adaptation.

Ultimately, up to 400,000 km2, around 40 per cent of its marine environment, will be protected and marine resources will be managed in a sustainable way for the benefit of the people of the Seychelles.

You can read more about blue finance in the Seychelles here.

This article was originally published by the United Nations. Image courtesy of iStockPhoto.com




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