20 February 2024
Call for applications
Launch of a thematic school on the reef heritage vulnerability, in the Seychelles, in June 2024.
Monaco Explorations and the DIDEM project are pleased to announce a regional thematic school dealing with coral reef heritage vulnerability that will be held in Seychelles in June 2024 to provide doctoral and post-doctoral scientists, coral reef managers, NGO experts the opportunity to share experiences, knowledge and methods and to be a part of an engaging learning environment.
This thematic school will explore the concepts of resilience, vulnerability, heritage and social-ecological system from the perspective of sustainability science. It includes a section of presentations offered by various experts in the fields of anthropology, biology, ecology, fisheries, geography, governance, socio-economics in order to present the state of the art and lay common theoretical and methodological foundations, introduce fieldwork and initiate debate.
Coral reef, Eparses Islands. Europa. Anthrax shoal and massive fire coral (Hydraires) ©IRD
How to apply?
Any applicant will send a CV and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why he wants to apply.
He is also asked to answer the three following questions:
- For you, what is reef heritage?
- What are the threats affecting it in the medium and short term?
- What are the solutions to solve these problems?
The deadline for submission of applications is March 20th 2024.
Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by April 20th 2024. The selection process takes particular account of the numerical balance between the various disciplines and between genders, a guarantee of success for the objective pursued. Speakers representing a panel of experts from different disciplines will enable in-depth exchanges between senior and junior researchers thanks to the different life and research experiences that will be shared.
The DIDEM project will cover travel and accommodation costs.
10 december 2021
The Future of Plastic Waste in Seychelles
Since 2020, the open innovation program “The Future of_ Plastic Waste” has aimed to implement practical solutions for recycling, transformation, and reduction of plastic waste in the Indian Ocean by supporting innovative and multi-stakeholder initiatives in Seychelles. This program is conducted in partnership with the Government of Seychelles, the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), the company SoScience, and the Société des Explorations de Monaco. It is part of the DiDEM project, coordinated by IRD, which aims to facilitate the dialogue between science and decision-makers for integrated management of coastal and marine environments in the Western Indian Ocean.
6 projects selected
In the wake of the call for projects launched in October 2020, 38 participants met during the partnership days organized on May 27 and 28. These days and the exchanges that followed led to the emergence of six collaborative projects selected in August 2021. They targeted the following actions and objectives
– Understanding and mapping of plastic pollution sources,
– Physical collection and efficient sorting of plastic waste,
– Transformation of collected plastics,
– Environmental education and upstream awareness.
November 30, 2021 in the Seychelles: the members of the jury deliberate...© Katrin Perchat.
3 award-winning projects. And the winners are...
Among these 6 projects, the selection committee, which met on 30 November 2021, designated the 3 award-winning projects of the program. For their launch, they will benefit from support over the first six months and a start-up budget. The complementarity of the selected projects, as well as their feasibility, have been carefully evaluated according to a grid of criteria established beforehand.
Winning project n°1: Launch of an awareness campaign
This campaign will be led by several local actors and brings together multiple skills, such as the Department of Blue Economy, the Foundation for Sustainable Tourism, the Ministry of Education of Seychelles or IRD. It will aim to improve awareness and education on waste among the population of Seychelles and the various actors of civil society. The objectives of this campaign:
– Reduce waste production and increase recycling efforts,
– Minimize residual waste,
– Prevent and limit illegal dumping through a collaborative effort between the various stakeholders in the public and private sectors and civil society.
Winning Project n°2: Connected Collection in Seychelles
This project brings together two local NGOs focused on sustainable tourism development, the Sustainable Tourism Foundation (SSTF) and the Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Association (SHTA), a local plastic waste solutions consultancy, Yes Consulting, and a social enterprise based in India: Sanshodhan. Sanshodhan has developed a digital application that links manufacturers, consumers, and recycling companies in a single virtuous cycle. This networking promotes a more transparent, efficient, and sustainable recyclable waste management system. The idea is to adapt this concept to the Seychelles context.
Winning Project n°3: A Recycling Machine for Everyone
While reducing the amount of waste going to landfills, this project aims to promote simple, inexpensive, and easy-to-use technologies to treat and transform waste. It is based on a global community project: the Precious Plastic Project. The idea is to involve local actors and individuals in designing useful and low-impact products to eventually develop a micro-circular economy by creating new products.
Global and large-scale fight against plastic
As in many regions of the world, plastic pollution increases in the Indian Ocean and even affects very isolated areas or islands such as Aldabra. On a regional scale, the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), the French Development Agency (AFD), and the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) signed on 9 July 2021 a financing agreement for the ExPLOI project Indian Ocean Plastic Expedition. This regional project aims to coordinate the fight against plastic pollution and to promote the circular economy. It is complementary to the approach taken through the DiDEM project and the TFO initiative in Seychelles.