Law Enforcement Training. Credit: UNDP Seychelles
The training was held between 21and 29th November, at the Seychelles Police Academy. Training participants included staff from the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change and Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA), as well as other relevant environmental agencies, such as the Island Conservation Society, North Island Conservation Programme, and Marine Conservation Society of Seychelles.
The training was organised by SNPA in partnership through two GOS-UNDP-GEF projects, more particularly the Outer Islands and Protected Areas Finance Project. Both projects have Protected Areas as their focus area. The GOS-UNDP-GEF OI Project seeks to expand and strengthen Seychelles’ Protected Area subsystem of the Outer Islands while the GOS-UNDP-GEF Protected Areas Finances aims to achieve financial sustainability for the country’s Protected Areas system.
The aim of the training was to build participants’ capacity in performing their duties, more particularly in enforcing environment protection laws and to continue safeguarding the country's natural assets.
The seven-day training comprised both theoretical and practical sessions, whereby the participants worked on a range of topics, including an overview of environmental laws, rules, duties and powers of environment officers, how to give evidence in court, statement taking and identification and preservation to name a few.
The training was launched by the SNPA Chief Executive Officer, Mr Flavien Jourbert, who noted that the training will enhance the understanding of laws and strengthen their skills in enforcing environmental laws.
“As you know, the Government has made serious commitments to protected areas, especially in the marine environment. As such, we have to really think how to manage these protected areas, especially with the establishment of new ones,” highlighted Mr Joubert.
He concluded by pointing out the challenges that lie ahead with the expansion in protected areas. “There is the huge task of bringing our enforcement to the level that is required, and there is an even bigger task ahead of us, which is to prepare ourselves for the big assignment that are coming up as we will be called upon to participate in managing these new protected areas,” he said.
Souvenir group photo of the training participants. Credit: UNDP Seychelles