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Ever since the Parti Lepep Government came into power, it has made it one of its priorities to protect the natural beauty of the archipelago. Over time, government of President France Albert Rene has invested millions in manpower and other resources in order to protect one of the most important of our natural heritage, which is our flora and fauna. A unique flora of about 80 endemic species, and fauna, with invertebrates alone contributing over 2,000 endemic species, has evolved here and continues to do so as more species are being discovered.

Over the years, Seychelles has earned a reputation as being a relatively unspoiled haven for people especially tourists and wildlife, but it remains under constant threats in a variety of forms, including climate change, insensitive development, over-exploitation of resources, and invasive alien species. These species can range from insects to plants, mammals, birds, marine organisms and disease-causing agents’ which have interfered with our national wide life. The evidence is there for all to see in many parts of the island. The creepers are common in all habitats of the island nation and the highland forests are mostly composed of alien species, but recently they have expanded in lowland areas, and some of these species have started to invade natural areas, and are disrupting natural ecosystems throughout the Seychelles, replacing and eliminating native species and greatly reducing our nation's unique and diverse biological resources.
Seychelles’ conservation success stories have been an example to the world, and small island restoration efforts have been well rewarded, with the recovery of habitats and some of the most endangered species that depend on them and that is what is worth preserving.
When the government of Mr. Rene decided to embark on the reclamation project for example, the ministry responsible for environment was one of the key players involved as it was they who had to ensure that minimal damage as possible was done to the environment.
But as time went by, it became evident that more and more capital had to be injected into the preservation or our national beauty for many reasons. As the country developed and the emancipation of the populace grew, many houses, industries and other forms of constructions took place and that had negative impact on the environment. This has resulted in the increasing frequency of disastrous incidents, coupled with a number of emerging threats and trends, are leaving more people in Seychelles vulnerable to the effects of disasters and inflicting greater damage and loss to property as well as lives.
The negative impact however is not only due to other own human negligence, but also other occurrences far from us that are beyond our control. Climate change for example magnifies disaster risk and increases the cost of disasters. Through changing temperatures, precipitation rising sea levels, amongst other factors, global climate change is modifying hazard levels and exacerbating disaster risks in different countries and Seychelles is no exception. The number of weather-related hazards has tripled, and the number of people living in flood-prone areas and cyclone-exposed coastlines doubled. The trend is expected to continue to increase in the future.
Today the climate change phenomenon is one of the topics which preoccupies the government of the day and has been so for the last ten years. The Indian Ocean Tsunami which struck Banda Aceh (Indonesis) on 26th December 2004 was first and foremost a natural disaster resulting in loss of human lives and a stark reminder as one of the main effects of climate change. Seychelles was not spared because two people were reported killed in this fateful event. 3 Seychellois citizens were killed in the tsunami which left many people in anguish for several days as bridges and roads were severely damaged, homes and infrastructures along the coastal areas were flooded and properties such as boats were carried away by the waves resulting in economic loss in the region of millions of dollars in damages.
Cyclone is yet another effect of climate change that has affected our islands and significant damages were reported on Farquhar atoll after cyclone Fantala made landfall there with winds up to 350km/h. Several islands close to Farquhar were also hard hit which forced the government to declare the area a disaster zone. The passage of cyclone Fantala has once again highlighted the vulnerability of our islands against such calamities which is a direct consequence of climate change.
As a result of the ever impending threat, the Parti Lepep Government decided to take prompt action and in 2000, government decided to initiate the Division of Risk and Disaster Management (DRDM), Seychelles which falls under the Ministry of Environment and Energy. The main aim of the DRDM is to establish and continually review and improve capacities, mechanisms and procedures to enable the optimal reduction of disaster risk and vulnerability in the context of the people of Seychelles, their security, health and socio-economic well-being. Various activities such as the Coastal Hazard Tsunami SOP Training Workshop, the Hospital Emergency Training, and Testing Seychelles’ Ebola Plan have been organized to prepare the nation for such eventualities.
On an international perspective, Seychelles has signed Charter Fourteen of the United Nations which calls for an inclusive approach to disaster risk reduction response to older people, supporting the United Nations’ efforts to sensitize other governments across the world to also accept the pledge and put it in application.
 On the maritime issue the world phenomena of El Ninio and La Nina has taken its toll on our coral reefs and this has led to coral bleaching which has taken time to contemplate. The government has taken steps to try to deal with its effects, but Mother Nature takes time to heal and the results are slow in coming and there is so little we can do.
Today, Seychelles is being seen as a leading advocate for nature preservation and as a result was honored amongst eight countries for its contribution to global ocean science by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) at the UN Ocean Conference in New York. Under the leadership of former president James Michel, Seychelles was recognized as an “Ocean’s 8 Champion” for developing an innovative debt swap scheme that has enabled the island nation to finance local ocean science and climate resilience programs.
Through its efforts, Seychelles had previously reached a major debt buyback agreement worth $30 million with the Paris Club group of creditors and South Africa in February 2015. This money has been used to finance nature conservation programs.
Several NGO’s such as Nature Seychelles, and Sustainability for Seychelles are just a few amongst several others in partnership with the government of the day who are leading the fight and endorsing major decisions for nature conservation. The government of President Danny Faure takes nature conservation very seriously and his approach to the issue is one we should all endorse.
The subject related to the taking care of the environment is an issue that concerns all of such since these calamities does not choose. In that respect it is a national which requires a national response and unless we all partakes a collective response, our future generations will have nothing of value to cherish and protect. Protecting our environment and national resources is not only the responsibility of the government of the day but all of us because we all stand to lose in every department to such an eventuality. We should make it our solemn oath to partake and shoulder such a responsibility not only for us but our future generations. In this endeavor, everyone can play a role to protect themselves, their family, their business and their country.