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Blue Growth, SIDS, Climate Change and the road to COP22 centered discussions with President of Seychelles

Office of the President (Seychelles)

2 September 2016, Seychelles - In his talks with President James Michel, the Director-General of FAO praised Seychelles for leading the Blue Growth initiative that is now featured in the Sustainable Development Goals and 2030 agenda as well as the African Union vision.

The President congratulated FAO for the timely theme of the 2016 World Food Day: "Climate is changing, Food and Agriculture must too".

On the preparation of COP22, FAO is engaged into supporting could tries to refine their NDCs to integrate agriculture and food security. The Director-General discussed the specific situation of SIDS that need more support as they are harder hit by the impact of Climate Change.

President Michel pointed out the need to develop a new architecture for the oceans, how to protect them and preserve the marine resources and regulate maritime security, as a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Director-General also paid a visit to the Vice President of the Seychelles and discussed coordination amongst the SIDS in the Indian Ocean through the Indian Ocean Commission, notably for the implementation of the Food Security and Nutrition Programme recently developed and approved by member states.

During a technical meeting with Wallace Cosgrow, Minister for fisheries and agriculture, Dider Dogley, Minister for environment, energy and climate change, the Director-General commended Seychelles for its economic and environmental performance as a SIDS and its leading role in environment protection and sustained use of natural resources.

Minister Cosgrow praised FAO's natural resource management activities in the country as these are highly valued by the Government. The Director-General recognized the need to do more when it comes to preserving both forest and marine biodiversity. He also stressed the need to build and enhance the resilience of the most vulnerable people to the impact of Climate Change.

The Director-General thanked Seychelles for having signed and ratified the Port State Measure Agreement (PSMA) to prevent illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing. The list of countries that are parties will be presented at Our Ocean Conference which will take place next 15-16 September 2016, in Washington, DC.

Mr Da Silva expressed concern at the rising obesity in SIDS, especially in the Caribbean.

Discussions touched on the Seychelles National Agriculture Investment Plan that was recently developed with the support of FAO and that will serve as a basis for the preparation of the next Country Programme Framework (CPF). FAO will support the implementation of this plan and is looking forward to supporting more the Blue Economy and fisheries as well as the implementation of the PSMA.

The Ministers thanked FAO for the implementation of five projects under the current CPF while other two projects will be implemented by the end of the year.