in the thick of action
the country's beaches are the responsibility of all Seychellois,
hotels in particular should be at the forefront in protecting
the sustainability of tourism in Seychelles.
Minister Ronny Jumeau said this yesterday as he launched
the ministry's National Beach Monitoring Programme. The
programme will focus on providing hotels and other concerned
parties with the capacity to collect information on the
seasonal trends of erosion and accretion for beaches all
around Seychelles. The information will assist in deciding
the future actions that need to be taken to prevent erosion
along the coastline.
launching the programme at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay
Hotel, Minister Jumeau said: 'Our beaches belong to all
of us, to be shared with our visitors from abroad. However,
from a day-to-day business point of view, our beaches
are in practice more (the hotels') beaches.'
pilot group of seven hotels - the Coral Strand, Le Meridien
Barbarons, Northolme, and Plantation Club hotels on Mahe,
and the Marechiaro, Praslin Beach and Lemuria hotels on
Praslin - will be the inaugural participants of the programme.
on the programme's agenda is the creation of a national
profile database for all the beaches in Seychelles. The
participating hotels will collect data for their participating
beaches, while the Ministry of Environment's Coastal Zone
Unit, along with the Pollution Control and Environment
Assessment Division, will help monitor the others.
Seychelles Centre for Marine Research and Technology/Marine
Parks Authority will be responsible for the beaches in
marine park areas.
information compiled by these organisations will then
be entered into the database, which will be used by the
Coastal Zone Unit to generate 'state of the beach' reports.
The reports will in turn be distributed to the hotels
to facilitate in the day-to-day management of their beach
Mr. Jumeau thanked the pilot group of hotels for 'boldly
stepping forward' in volunteering for the programme, he
said that more hotels were being urged to participate
especially since the problem of coastal erosion could
not always be isolated.
is the use of one hotel managing the beach in front of
it efficiently and scientifically, if the next one just
down the coast is hacking away all the patatran and other
coastal vegetation on the pretext of giving its guests
a better view, only to end up giving everyone along the
coast an environmental migraine?'
Jumeau said. Mr. Jumeau also noted that the monitoring
instruments to be used for the programme were not expensive
- less than R1,000 - and that UNESCO's Coastal Regions
and Small Islands platform had already provided funding
for the equipment.
De Comarmond, project officer for the Coastal Zone Unit,
said that although the ministry would like to see more
hotels involved, the programme itself would be quite flexible,
as some non-governmental organisations were expected to
participate as well.
ministry intends to organise more workshops to brief additional
hotels and other organisations on how to monitor and manage
the programme the Coastal Zone Unit will also publish
a series of 'best practices' leaflets on coastal erosion,
its causes and possible responses.
Nation, 22nd July 2003