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Trial Opinion Survey

A survey form with 10 open-ended questions, designed to find out the views of the general public on environment and development issues was prepared in collaboration with Small Islands Voice' colleagues in UNESCO, Seychelles, and St. Kitts and Nevis. Using this form, a trial survey was conducted in Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles on 19th - 20th March 2002, in order to test out the questions and the survey procedures.

Two persons conducted the trial survey in Creole and interviewed persons of varied social background and age, while taking into account the need for a gender balance.


In general, the survey was well received and people were willing to talk. The average time for each interview was about 15 minutes.

22 questionnaires were completed and analyzed. Economic concerns were identified, specifically the need to get more investment and industry, as well as a greater variety of goods in the shops. Environmental concerns included restricting building on the hills and the number of tall buildings in Victoria. Most people felt that the public does not play enough of a role in planning future development in Seychelles.

Opinion Survey

The results of the trial were discussed by the Seychelles Coordinating Committee, who also considered the surveys being conducted in Cook Islands, Palau and St. Kitts and Nevis. A revised form was prepared. This had been discussed and tested during a Youth Workers workshop in September 2002. While this form is in English, the survey was actually conducted in Creole by 50 youths, who had been briefed about the survey. Interview surveys were conducted with 700 people in the three islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Dique on Saturday 19th October, 2002. A report has been prepared detailing the survey results.


To get involved, contact :


National Co-ordinators
Mr Rolph Payet and Mr Alain De Comarmond
Ministry of Environment
PO Box 677, Victoria, Mahé, Seychelles
Tel: + 248 224 644
Fax: 248 322 945


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