RCEAT hosted mangrove planting in the community , Seychelles © MFF
This project had four objectives:
A recent survey by the Seychelles Department of Risk and Disaster Management identified Roche Caiman, a district built on reclaimed land about one metre above sea level, as an area of medium to high risk in the event of a natural or other disaster. A programme addressing healthy ecosystems is important to this community, and so this project was designed to build local capacity to react to changes that may affect environmental security and well-being.
The project addressed the issue of climate change, providing community members with opportunities to learn about potential hazards and risks related to climate change that may affect their livelihoods and property.
The main beneficiaries were community members in Roche Caiman, Zone 1, including local youths trained to run education and awareness programmes.
This was Roche Caiman’s first donor-funded project, and community members incorporated MFF into their social life, including sports and cultural events. They used an evening cultural show to promote the work of MFF, and to thank community members participating in the project.
The project also helped the Roche Caiman to identify other needs in the community, such as a secure and safe path for pedestrians. The community intends to sustain the project by working alongside businesses in the area, and by applying for further funding from the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme.
During the process of planning and designing this project, a new community-based organization (CBO) was created with the help of MFF. The CBO looks after the work started by the school’s wildlife club mangrove project, and works in collaboration with other partners to restore nearby sites. The CBO was used as a model for replication by Port Glaud district when it set up its own CBO with the help of another SGF project implemented by grantee S4S.
At the start of the project, the scheduling of some activities clashed with other community commitments and events. Once a dialogue was established with the community, project activities ran more smoothly.
Posters and brochures advocating Roche Caiman as a climate change-ready community were produced through school art competitions.
Both men and women participated in the project, but women commonly took the lead in project activities.
The theme of “Roche Caiman is adapting to climate change” was adopted for all project activities, and a video and oral presentation on climate change widely given at the beginning of the project. The project also organized mangrove and other coastal tree planting events, and held meetings with families in the community to discuss climate change.
The project initially targeted Zone 1 of Roche Caiman. As the project progressed, however, managers discovered that all three zones of the community were equally interested and involved in implementation. This creates the possibility of further expansion and consolidation of outputs in the post-project period.
Roche Caiman, Mahé, Seychelles
1st Aug 2010 to 28th Feb 2011
The Seychelles Department of Environment made in-kind contributions to organizing and supporting tree planting activities. The Department of Community Development and National Youth Council made in-kind and cash contributions to project activities.
Roche Caiman Environment Action Team (RCEAT)
c/o District Administration, Roche Caiman, Mahé, Seychelles
Tel: +248 2719210
“This grant is giving us many innovative ideas of how to involve community members in small projects and activities, building their capacity to implement, manage and report on external funds, and so developing a sense of ownership for all projects benefiting all of us in the small community of Roche Caiman.”
— WILBURT OMATH
ROCHE CAIMAN DISTRICT