The CEPF project has lift off! Keeping the Stakeholders aware and engaged in all the activities happening on the Island is the key to the success of the project. On the 23rd of September, all the stakeholders of Silhouette Island met for a brief introduction on the CEPF project. The goals and objectives of the project were presented. The components of the project were detailed and they were invited to input their ideas on ways of improving the implementation of the activities.
We had the privilege of welcoming the General Manager from the Seychelles Hilton Labriz Resort & Spa, a five star hotel which employs 250 workers; members of the research department of the Ministry of Environment and Seychelles National Parks Authority, which is responsible for managing 7 marine and 3 terrestrial protected areas in Seychelles which includes Silhouette Island; the General Manager for La Belle Tortue, a small 9-bedroom lodge which employs 5 people and the Manager of the Eco Dive Centre on Silhouette which employs 10 people and who operate in and around the Silhouette Marine Park.
Everyone was excited and eager to kick-start the Project. In the coming months we will be hiring a consultant to develop a comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for Silhouette in which all stakeholders having an interest in Silhouette Island shall have an opportunity to participate in this process.