Minister Flavien Joubert Launches Consultative Workshop to Advance Environmental Sustainability in AIS Region

Mr. Flavien Joubert, Minister for Agriculture, Climate Change, and Environment, inaugurated the consultative workshop of the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, and South China Sea (AIS) region yesterday morning. This workshop, held with the participation of key stakeholders, marks a pivotal moment in charting the course for sustainable development and environmental preservation across the region.

The primary objective of this regional consultation workshop is to introduce and gather feedback on the draft progress indicators and impact measures that have been developed. These metrics are tools for assessing the effectiveness of ongoing initiatives and shaping future strategies for environmental conservation. Minister Joubert emphasized the importance of receiving input on the relevance, appropriateness, and potential areas for enhancement of these measures.

In his opening statement, Minister Joubert highlighted the urgent need for action, particularly in the implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the acceleration of the transition towards sustainable energy futures. He emphasized the pivotal role that renewable energy and energy efficiency play in this transition, highlighting Seychelles’ remarkable progress in this regard.

Seychelles, like many other Small Island Developing States (SIDS), has made significant strides in harnessing renewable energy sources and improving energy efficiency. Minister Joubert noted the deployment of solar and wind power, as well as the implementation of energy-efficient technologies, as exemplary initiatives in Seychelles’ commitment to sustainable development. He further announced plans for the development of an additional 15MW renewable energy pipeline, including floating solar plants and Agri-voltaic systems, further cementing Seychelles’ dedication to renewable energy expansion.

The workshop, scheduled to run for three days, commenced yesterday and will conclude tomorrow afternoon. Minister Joubert expressed his well wishes for productive deliberations among participants, highlighting the importance of collaboration and shared commitment in addressing environmental challenges.

The workshop serves as a platform for stakeholders to exchange experiences, share insights, and collectively contribute to the advancement of environmental sustainability in the AIS region. Through collaboration and concerted efforts, the region aims to forge a path towards a more resilient and environmentally conscious future.

Present at the workshop were the Principal Secretary for Climate Change Mr. Tony Imaduwa, Programme Officer from SIDS Lighthouses, IRENA, Ms. Nadia Mohammed and key International Consultants.

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