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Resilient water resources planning: a case study from Seychelles

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23 October 2018

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The resource efficiency programme for the Seychelles water sector (REPSWS) addressed three key challenges:

  1. enhancing energy efficiency across the water supply systems;
  2. managing future water demands and water security, and;
  3. developing water supply measures for the main islands to 2030. These directly map to the UN’s SDG No. 6 of clean water and sanitation.

REPSWS sort to move decision making onto an evidence based, forward looking and more resilient foundation and demonstrated that the adoption of a water resources planning approach, with the use of appropriate modelling and planning tools, supports the development of a strategic understanding of water systems. The adoption of this approach facilitates proactive decision making on where to focus future investments that offers adaptable, reliable and equitable solutions.

There is also now a new enabling water policy and strategy framework in Seychelles. This includes a strong role for public consultation, and gives due consideration to wider issues of water sector resilience, energy efficiency and water demand management.

Implementation of the adopted water resources planning approach, within this new policy and strategy framework, supports the provision of answers to questions related to water security that are based on inputs from science and engineering. This will result in investment decisions that deliver robust solutions, but also the identification of where to focus additional investment. This means that in the future, remaining uncertainties associated with these decisions can be reduced and the science and engineering “building-blocks” are progressively improved going forward, strengthening water policy and strategy implementation and targeting the achievement of SDG No.6 for the people of Seychelles.

For more information please contact:

Sach Sandhu