The Republic of the Seychelles, a Small Island Developing State of 84.600 inhabitants situated in the Western Indian Ocean, is ranked amongst the middle-income countries with a GDP per capita estimated at €7,000 largely achieved through development of the country's tourism potential and the exploitation of fisheries resources. A high level of human development has also been attained through continued public investment in social welfare services over the past decades. The main pillars of the economy (tourism and fisheries) are intrinsically linked to the country's pristine natural marine environment which, in turn, makes the island extremely vulnerable to climate change and human-induced impacts.
The Country Strategy Paper for Seychelles for the 10th EDF presents the strategic framework for EC assistance for the period 2008-2013. The EC’s co-operation with Seychelles under the 10th EDF focuses on the environment and more specifically the sub-sector of water and sanitation. EC support will contribute to the sustainable delivery of water to the country at large and improvement of its sanitation control and monitoring.
Additional support will be focused on interventions in governance and capacity building, most notably on issues of social, economic and environmental governance, involving both public administration and non-state actors.
The multi-annual indicative programme for Seychelles under the 10th EDF allocates €6.3 million to address these priorities.
EC interventions in Seychelles also take account of cross-cutting issues such as gender equality, environmental sustainability, capacity building and strengthening of the institutions.
Since the start of EC cooperation with Seychelles in 1977, the country has received some €25 million of EC support destined to cover various co-operation projects in areas such as environmental protection, rural development, industrial support, health and capacity building.
The Country Strategy Paper for Seychelles for the 9th EDF adopted the environment as sole priority sector for funding for the period 2002-2007. The focus of these still ongoing activities is to review current solid waste policies and to build appropriate disposal facilities under the Solid Waste Management Programme (€3 million). The programme helps to bring a comprehensive approach to solid waste management and to improve public health and general living standards of the population of the Seychelles.
For further details on projects and programmes in Seychelles funded from the European Development Fund (EDF) and the general budget of the EU, please visit the project's section of the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Mauritius, responsible for Seychelles.
Other sources of information
More information on EU relations with Seychelles is available on the pages of the Delegation of the European Union to Mauritius, which is also responsible for co-operation activities in the country.