The Republic of the Seychelles is a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) situated in the Western Indian Ocean. It has middle-income country status and a high level of human development linked to a long-standing policy to invest in social protection. Tourism and fisheries – the pillars of the economy – are intrinsically linked to the country's pristine natural marine environment which, in turn, makes the island extremely vulnerable to climate change and human activities of potential harm to ecosystems.
The Country Strategy Paper for Seychelles, signed in December 2007, presented the strategic framework for cooperation between the European Union and Seychelles under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF) for the period 2008-2013. The original amount of €5.9 million has, eventually reached €20.4 million. In line with the Country Strategy paper and its subsequent revisions, the EU support focused on economic reforms, governance and education. Seychelles also benefitted from funding from the Global Climate Change Alliance programme to support implementation of sustainable development policies in line with the environment national strategy.
The 10th EDF is also being used to build capacity in public administrations and among non-state actors to improve social, economic and environmental governance.