The staff of the Seychelles National Parks Authority will next month start an exchange with Rodrigues Island in Mauritius to assist with its coral management.
According to AllAfrica.com, the exchange is possible through a programme where the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) has developed a guide for its member states on how to manage its coastal zones.
Allen Cedras, Inter-Island Manager from the National Parks Authority, was quoted as saying that this is the first time that such a guide is developed.
The guide — bonne pratiques de gestion intégrée des zones côtières or good integrated management practices for coastal areas — is in French and English. It is a result of the coastal zone management project started three years ago.
“The aim of the project is to make the neighbouring islands more aware of the need to manage coastal zones,” explained Cedras.
The COI is composed of five African Indian Ocean nations: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion and Seychelles. Cedras added that the islands have compiled their best practices into a guide, which the islands can benefit from.
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