Regional Environmental Change

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 721–733 | Cite as

Assessing climate change readiness in Seychelles: implications for ecosystem-based adaptation mainstreaming and marine spatial planning

Original Article

Abstract

The high financial costs and institutional constraints of adapting to climate change necessitate joint planning with other development and environmental priorities, especially in Small Island Developing States. In response, ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) is gaining recognition as a cost-effective and synergistic approach for enhancing livelihoods through nature’s services, building community resilience, and integrating marine spatial planning. Using Seychelles in the West Indian Ocean as a case study, we assess the readiness for climate change as a tool to implement and mainstream EbA across various spatial scales. Our assessment highlights certain governance mechanisms and policy processes that could contribute to joint adaptation and economic planning and in achieving multiple objectives. These include leadership, institutional mechanisms, science–policy nexus, decision-making structures, stakeholder involvement, and technological innovation. These readiness factors as well as knowledge gaps on future risks provide lessons for other SIDS in their climate change and integrated coastal management initiatives. As such, the needs to strengthen local governing capacity, secure sustainable funding, and promote adaptation research for long-term monitoring and cross-scale linkages are warranted.

Keywords

Climate change, ecosystem-based adaptation Adaptation readiness Marine governance Seychelles West Indian Ocean 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.United Nations Environment Programme- International Ecosystem Management PartnershipInstitute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources ResearchBeijingChina
  2. 2.School of Business & School of EnvironmentSaint Mary’s UniversityHalifaxCanada
  3. 3.Department of Environment, Climate and Environmental Service DivisionMinistry of Environment and EnergyVictoriaSeychelles

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