Press release

Seychelles, The Kingdom of Morocco and the Republic of Gabon co-hosts of Climate Change Side Event

February 9, 2020

In order to protect its coastline from ongoing erosion, the Government of Seychelles has embarked on an ambitious and hide-reaching coastal management plan costing USD15 million” said the Principal Secretary for Climate Change and Energy, Mr. Wills Agricole on Friday 7 February 2020.

The plan sets out a holistic set of priorities for coastal management including monitoring and research, coastal protection infrastructure, risk-based spatial planning and capacity building, underlined Mr. Agricole, who spoke during a high-level meeting on “Climate Change: Adaptation Strategies for improved resilience in Africa”.

During this event, jointly organized by the Kingdom of Morocco, the Republic of Gabon and the Seychelles at the headquarters of the African Union (AU) on the sidelines of the Pan-African Organization Summit, attracted Ministers, AU Commissioners, High level Senior African officials and experts, the Principal Secretary noted that the Seychelles has also launched many initiatives, and blue economy being an important mechanism for the country, to support its sustainable development goals and address climate change adaptation and ocean management effectively.

The objectives of the side – event included:

enabling policy makers at the level of Ministers of Foreign Affairs to shed light on the existing Adaptation strategies in Africa, and how to scale them up in order to support on-going climate actions on adaptation, mitigation and the building of resilience of the African continent.

making recommendations on the means and ways on how the African Union Commission can assist Members States in technology transfer and exchange of expertise.

exploring means of capacity building in the development of early warning systems

African Ministers of State pledged to accelerate initiatives aimed at strengthening Africa’s resilience in the face of the climate emergency, stressed the Minister Delegate, citing in this sense the African initiative for the ‘adaptation, the African initiative for the adaptation of agriculture (#AAA) and the initiative for security, stability and sustainability (#SSS).

Other speakers and presenters at the event were:

H.E Alain-Claude Bilie-By-Nze, Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Republic of Gabon,

H.E Mohcine Jazouli, Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriate, the Kingdom of Morocco

H.E. Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union

H.E Dr. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary General United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

H.E. Quartey Thomas Kwesi, Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission

Mr. Jean Paul Adam, Director, Climate Change, Natural Resource Management and Technology at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Mr. Wills Agricole was accompanied by Dr. Marina Confait, Principal Secretary for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kenneth Racombo, Principal Secretary for The Blue Economy and Ambassador David Pierre, Seychelles Permanent Representative to the African Union.