Urban planners from Abu Dhabi are in the Seychelles to offer advice on the development of the islands.
The Seychelles Strategic Plan will cover all of the islands that comprise the Seychelles, with a particular focus on the main island of Mahé.
The Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council (UPC) is providing technical assistance for the project, which began in May 2014. It will provide a blueprint for urban development and sustainable growth of the Seychelles over the next 25 years.
The week-long workshop is titled “What Does the Future Look Like?”
Amer Al Hammadi, executive manager for planning and infrastructure at UPC, said: “The rigorous assessment and testing of the different growth scenarios, which includes consultation with the Seychelles stakeholders, is absolutely critical to the successful implementation of the Seychelles Strategic Plan.
“It forms part of a balanced approach which helps ensure that the future development of the Seychelles balances the need to achieve economic growth with the needs of the community.”
The plan address priorities such as facilitating economic growth and diversification, protecting the environment, allocation of land for residential and economic use, protecting the character and heritage of the Seychelles, and preserving and enhancing its social and cultural aspects.