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Investing in Seychelles' Blue Future
by Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT) (Philanthropic organization)
The Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust (SeyCCAT) vision is for Seychelles oceans and islands to be stewarded by the people of Seychelles, generating sustainable benefits for future generations to share. SeyCCAT is driven by a mission to strategically invest in ocean stakeholders to generate new learning, bold action and sustainable blue prosperity in Seychelles.

SeyCCAT is an independent Trust that was legally established in November 2015. The Trust is governed by diverse Board of Directors and performs exclusively for charitable, educational and scientific purposes for the benefit of the people of Seychelles. With the support of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), SeyCCAT has purchased and restructured US$21.6M in Government of Seychelles debt. This novel mechanism is capitalizing an endowment, and is providing an annual fund accessible by non-governmental organizations, the private sector, individuals and government departments. SeyCCAT has already leveraged these funds against additional capital, and is now working with the Seychelles Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Blue Economy Department and the World Bank to support the issuance of a sovereign US$15M Blue Bond, with proceeds in part being managed by SeyCCAT.

Through these assets, SeyCCAT will provide a sustainable flow of funds to support Research and Development, Organisation and Management, Planning and Policy, and Communication and Capacity that will enable SeyCCAT to deliver its objectives to:

Support new and existing marine and coastal protected areas and sustainable use zones;
Empower the fisheries sector with robust science and knowhow to improve governance, sustainability, value and market options;
Promote the rehabilitation of marine and coastal habitats and ecosystems that have been degraded by local and global impacts;
Develop disaster risk reduction and social resilience plans to mitigate the effects of climate change; and,
Trial and nurture business models to secure the sustainable development of Seychelles blue economy.

SeyCCATs commitment is to competitively grant at least US$ 750,000 per annum to support the stewardship of Seychelles ocean resources, island life and blue economy. SeyCCAT, however, is more than a philanthropic donor and understands that its objectives can only be successfully delivered if the people, organisations and businesses that benefit from investment are empowered with knowledge and capacity. As such, to help deliver the vision, SeyCCAT is also committed to developing partnership dialogues and aims to share its learning throughout Seychelles as well as with other SIDS. SeyCCAT will also support more broadly the initiatives and SDG14 voluntary commitments of the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region such as the Nairobi Convention, Northern Mozambique Channel initiative and WIO Coastal Challenge.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Marine Spatial Planning
  • Ecosystem-based Adaptation
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Science-based fisheries management plans
  • Ecosystem approach to fisheries (EAF)
  • Reduction of fisheries by-catch and product waste/losses
  • Eco-labelling, traceability, certification programmes
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • No take marine protected area
  • Marine protected area with partial protection
  • Multiple use marine protected area
  • Locally or community managed marine areas
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
  • Economic benefits from sustainable fisheries
  • Economic benefits from sustainable tourism
  • Economic benefits from sustainable aquaculture/mariculture
  • Economic benefits from sustainable transport
Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets
Type of commitment
  • Access to market-based instruments
  • Access to coastal fishing grounds
  • Access and capacity building for eco-labelling and traceability systems
  • Community empowerment for fisheries management
June 2025
Further develop innovative financing mechanisms to boost the assets of SeyCCAT.
June 2025
Create a national blue partnership dialogue to identify and incubate viable projects, and to build capacity.
June 2025
ESG screened investments to support MPAs, fisheries management, ecosystem rehabilitation, adaptation planning, and the blue economy.
June 2025
Support the dialogue and development of a Trust fund for the Western Indian Ocean region.
Other, please specify
To disperse a minimum of US$700,000 p/a in Seychelles to support activities related to SDG 14.
Staff / Technical expertise
To support the WIO and SIDS dialogue on sustainable ocean financing.
Basic information
Time-frame: 2017 June - 2025 June
SeyCCAT, Government of Seychelles (Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change; Ministry of Finance, Trade and Economic Planning; and, the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture), The Nature Conservancy (TNC) - NGO, The World Bank (Multilateral), Pew Charitable Trusts (NGO), Fishers and Boatowners Association - NGO, Citizens' Engagement Platform Seychelles (CEPS), Seychelles Chamber of Commerce and Industry Private Sector, Seychelles Hotels and Tourism Association - Private Sector, Islands Development Company (IDC) - Parastatal.
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Other Western Indian Ocean countries and SIDS.
Contact information
Angelique Pouponneau, Ms, INFO@SEYCCAT.ORG,
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