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