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Strengthening the Blue Economy by Supporting Research Capacity Development in Seychelles
by University of Seychelles James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute (Academic institution)
In March 2015 the University of Seychelles established the James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute (BERI). The institute was developed to support research in the area of environmental science, specifically relating to the Blue Economy. The Blue Economy concept is currently a national priority with a great deal of international interest. This is a concept that focuses on the utilization of coastal and ocean resources and services in an innovative and sustainable way and for the benefit of all. Key to this concept is maintaining (or improving) the integrity of these ecosystems.

Development in this area needs to be managed through informed decision making, policy development and management plans that support healthy ecosystems to continue providing for future generations. The concept is of particular importance for an island nation such as Seychelles where we live close to nature and in ecosystems that are complex and interlinked.

The purpose of BERI in relation to the above is to create an active and autonomous regional knowledge and research network that facilitates the development of partnerships and research, advances sustainability initiatives and identifies and coordinates synergies between local and international research partners, with a focus on direct and indirect research that will involve civil society.

Objectives: In terms of our commitment to assisting with the implementation of SDG 14, we commit to dedicating resources to strengthen the Blue Economy by supporting research capacity development in Seychelles (and the Indian Ocean).

The institute is small but growing quickly and we commit to a few short term projects that will grow as we evolve and we commit to building more projects in line with SDG14 after the UN Ocean Conference. This will be done through projects that fill data gaps relating to ocean acidification, sustainable aquaculture and climate change resilience as a start. The project will build partnerships (and relationships for future work) with the private sector, government, NGOs and community. This particular commitment details the project relating to ocean acidification.

Implementation methodologies: researchers will link with partners to ensure that projects are relevant, achievable, effective (e.g. data collection methodologies) and financially sustainable.

Governance: The commitment will be monitored by the University of Seychelles James Michel Blue Economy Research Institute to ensure projects are feasible, achievable, and effective and that practices meet goals of Agenda 2030 and relevant international best practice/conventions.
Progress reports
Minimize and address the impacts of ocean acidification, including through enhanced scientific cooperation at all levels
Type of commitment
  • Scientific research and cooperation to address ocean acidification knowledge gaps
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Scientific, socioeconomic and interdisciplinary research
  • Research capacity development
  • Data access and sharing
  • Training and professional development
  • Scientific cooperation
  • Transfer marine technology
  • Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
  • Other (please specify):
Dec 2019
Gather regional data that will contribute significantly to the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOAON) to improve understanding and response to Ocean Acidification
Financing (in USD)
150,000 USD
In-kind contribution
Staff time for training, data collection, research uptake, private partners (ships/boats) hosting data collection equipment
Staff / Technical expertise
Training (private, organisational, civil society and students)
Basic information
Time-frame: August 2017 - July 2019
Department of Blue Economy (Government), Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change (Government), Seychelles Fishing Authority (Parastatal), ship/boat owners (private), National Institute for Science, Technology, and Innovation (Government), Wildlife Clubs Seychelles (NGO), Island Biodiversity and Conservation centre (NGO)
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Indian Ocean
Contact information
Kelly Hoareau, Mrs, kelly@unisey.ac.sc, 002482513411
Mahe, Seychelles
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