A climate change adaptation workshop was hosted by the University of Seychelles from 12th May to 16th May 2014 at Anse Royale Campus. The workshop forms part of an extensive capacity building strategy by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) aimed at advancing climate change adaptation education and policy development in the region. Other than Seychellois, we saw the participation of delegates from IOC member countries such as Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, and Zanzibar.
Participants learned how to critically review climate change from ecological, societal and industry perspectives, as well as proposing solutions to overcome barriers to adaptation. Information was given on how to make decisions on adaptive techniques and technologies that enhance community resilience to climate change and produce sustainable on-ground outcomes. Methods to identify and engage key stakeholders, determine barriers to adaptation through critical thinking, and link findings from a diverse range of studies and projects from around the world were also central elements of this course. Overall, workshop attained its objective and UniSey hopes to host more such workshops in the near future in collaboration with the IOC.