As a continuation of his tour to outer Islands, President Danny Faure visited Desroches Island from 2nd to 4th February 2018.
During his visit, the President viewed the new Four Seasons Resort due to open March 2018. The new luxury resort, will feature some 71 lodgings including beach bungalows, villas, suites and private residence villas.
The familiarisation tour, also provided the President with the opportunity to see first hand the IDC operations on the island as well the environment protection efforts by Island Conservation Seychelles (ICS) located on Desroches featuring ongoing programmes such as vegetation rehabilitation, turtle, bird and coral reef monitoring, tortoise conservation and beach profile surveys.
President Faure was accompanied on his visit by the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne and the Chief Executive Officer of IDC, Mr. Glenny Savy.
In December, President Faure visited Astove, Assumption and Aldabra.
For the first time in Eco-School history, a group of eight young eco-warriors were rewarded with a five-day trip to Desroches funded by IDC. The trip comes after their respective schools ‒ Plaisance secondary, English River secondary, La Retraite primary, Praslin secondary, Independent School, Takamaka primary, Belonie secondary and Anse Boileau secondary ‒ excelled in their eco-school programmes for 2017. Although not among the top six, Eco School, the national environmental programme managed by the Environment Education Unit of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, felt that these eco-friendly schools were equally deserving of an educational trip.
“The top six most outstanding schools are automatically guaranteed an educational trip to Aldabra every year. This is facilitated by the SIF (Seychelles Islands Foundation) and that trip is due for early 2018,” Shane Emilie, the Sustainable Development Coordinator at the unit, explained. These top six schools are: Anse Royale primary, Beau Vallon secondary, Anse Etoile primary, Baie Lazare primary, English River secondary and Plaisance secondary. “In order to complement SIF’s programme, Eco School negotiated with IDC to reward the top eight schools following these top six outstanding.”
During their trip, the eight students were able to see first-hand the different types of work in demand on the outer islands managed by IDC.
Mr. Emilie clarified that the jobs available on outer islands are not necessarily directly concerned with the environment but also includes jobs related to the social and economic sustainable development of these islands.
Hence the students were attached with staff in various fields of work during their sojourn. Ethelle Aglaé, a student from Belonie secondary, said that the trip was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity wherein she experienced a lot of things she would otherwise not have on the main islands. The same sentiment was expressed by fellow eco-warrior from Independent school, Sebastien Contoret, who added that the trip made him seriously consider taking on a career as a conservationist on Desroches ‒ provided that his first career option as a pilot does not pan out.
Michael Payet, the Public Relations and Communications Manager at IDC, stated the company’s greatest challenge is finding enough workers who are willing to work on the islands they manage. “IDC finds that this is a great initiative to support because it builds an interest in the outer islands at a very young age.”
Twelve more students from other registered eco-schools will also be able to visit Silhouette in January 2018, a trip fully funded by IDC.
See link below for a full account of the Eco School trip to Desroches.
President Danny Faure visited the site of the Persévérance Graduate and Luxury Condominium Project, aimed at addressing some of the housing needs of the country’s professionals, at Ile Persévérance II on Saturday 2nd December.
The project is being undertaken by Green Island Construction Company, a subsidiary of Islands Development Company (IDC).
The visit was an opportunity for the President to review and discuss the progress of over 100 units that will cater for young Seychellois professionals who are first time homebuyers and who have applied for a house in the Persévérance Condominium Project. To subsidise the construction of the graduate apartment blocks, another 3 blocks of 19 luxury apartments are being built to be sold on the open market. A total of 154 units will be built under the Perseverance Condominium Project.
The President was accompanied on the visit by the Minister for Habitat, Infrastructure, and Land Transport, Mr. Charles Bastienne, Principal Secretary for Infrastructure, Mr. Yves Choppy, Chief Executive Officer of Island Development Company (IDC), Mr. Glenny Savy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of IDC, Mrs. Veronique Herminie, and the Chairman of the IDC Board of Directors, Mr. Patrick Berlouis.
During his tour, President Faure had the opportunity to view a completed 3-bedroom graduate unit and a partially completed luxury unit which are being built simultaneously in phases as and when buyers for the units confirm their purchase. The President was able to ask the contractor undertaking the project, GICC, for prospective delivery timelines, policy guidelines, and criteria for purchase of units. He also held discussions with the Ministry of Habitat, Infrastructure and Land Transport (MHILT) to ensure the benefits of such a housing project can be maximized and encourage Seychellois graduates and professionals to become home owners.
All applications from graduates and young professionals have to be endorsed by Ministry of Habitat, Infrastructure and Land Transport (MHILT) under their graduate housing scheme. Potential buyers also need to complete an application form either at MHILT or at GICC.
President Danny Faure has appointed Mrs. Veronique Herminie as the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Islands Development Company, with effect from 1st December 2017.
Mrs. Herminie’s appointment was announced in a communique from State House.
Alongside her new functions, Mrs. Herminie also retains her post as General Manager of Green Island Construction Company (GICC) a subsidiary of IDC.
She replaces Mr. Ronny Renaud who was appointed to the post of Chief Executive Officer of Seychelles Fishing Authority in April.
Islands Development Company (IDC) welcomed a first group of guests to Farquhar on Tuesday this week. The island had been closed to visitors for the past eighteen months for reconstruction work following catastrophic damage caused to the infrastructure of the island by cyclone Fantala in April 2006.
The ten guests arrived on the island on board IDC’s aircraft which will now operate weekly flights to Farquhar. Guests come to Farquhar mostly for fly-fishing. Fly fishing operator Fly Castaway, which markets the guesthouse to fly fishermen, has rented the guesthouse for an initial period of eight weeks.
IDC CEO, Glenny Savy, expressed his satisfaction on the arrival of the guests, saying, “It’s a great achievement for us given the amount of damage that was caused to the infrastructure on Farquhar and the time frame that we did it in. We’ve done a good job in getting the guest house and the island infrastructure back to operating condition. So at least now the island will start generating some revenue, which is very important for IDC. The fact that we will have weekly flights to the island now means that communication and access to the island will improve significantly.”
IDC has had to completely rebuild several of the buildings on the island including the guest house, several workers houses, generator and desalination rooms and shops. All buildings on the island now have concrete roofs to make them as cyclone proof as possible.
Mr. Savy shared that there was still more construction work to complete as well as the revegetation of the island. “Most importantly, we have also started work on the replanting programme,” Mr. Savy revealed. “We have done a lot of clearing – about 30% of North Island – and tree planting will now start with the arrival of rains, which are expected any time soon. The vegetation management plan, with the assistance of UNDP has been done for Farquhar. The revegetation plan will probably take anything between three to five years. It’s going to be a long process because we can only plant during the rainy season. During the dry season we do clearing in preparation for the planting for the following rainy season. It’s nice to see that things are back on line because those who liked to work on Farquhar are now back in their jobs.”
The first plane has landed on part of the new concrete runway being built on Platte Island. On Friday 26th May, 2017, IDC’s Y12-009, carrying members of the National Assembly’s Select Committee on Islands, arrived on Platte from Coetivy as part of the committee’s fact finding mission on different islands. To date, concrete laying work has been completed on almost half of the 1020m runway - before that Platte Island had a grass runway, but with the construction of Platte Hotel, this had to be upgraded. Concrete laying work on the runway is being done by IDC and is expected to be complete by the 15th August. The construction of the 50-60 room hotel on Platte Island is expected to start at the beginning of next year.
Glenny Savy was interviewed by Raj Meetarbhan (Editor-in-Chief of Today in Seychelles), an interview which is now available to read on our website...
Joint Press Release From The National Assembly Of Seychelles & The Islands Development Company following the select committee’s visit to Farquhar.
The Select Committee of the National Assembly with special mandate to look into the issues of islands has held its first visit to the islands. On Saturday members of the committee visited Farquhar, the southernmost island in the Seychelles archipelago. Members of the Select Committee who went on the working visit were Hon. Wavel Ramkalawan, the chairman of the committee, Hon. Charles de Commarmond, Hon. Bernard Georges. Hon. Sebastien Pillay, Hon. Clifford Andre and Hon. Chantal Ghislain. The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Nicholas Prea, and LDS Chief whip, Hon. Ahmed Afif. They were also accompanied by consultants for the two leaders, Mrs. Irine Fonseka and Mr. Jerry Morin. The visit was facilitated by the Islands Development Company. The IDC delegation comprised of its Chairman, Mr. Patrick Berlouis, CEO, Mr. Glenny Savy, and board member Mr. Patrick Lablache.
As part of the visit, members of the committee saw the extent of the damage caused by the 350km/h cyclone Fantala, which devastated the island in April last year. Some who had been to Farquhar before were shocked to see the extent the disaster caused to the environment and infrastructure. IDC showed members of the Select Committee the work being done on all buildings on Farquhar to make them cyclone proof. These include staff accommodation, guest house, the generator and desalination pants. Members of the Select Committee also saw the extent of damage to the environment, as well as work that has been done so far to clear the fallen trees in preparation for replanting to start. They also saw damage to the radar facility on Farquhar. IDC also took members of the Select Committee by boat to Goelette and Ile du Sud for them to experience firsthand the importance to have some islands and areas declared as protect areas. These two islands are important bird breeding and roosting areas. At the end of the visit members of the Select Committee expressed satisfaction with the way things went: “The visit shows that the decision to set up the committee was a good one. It gives us, as members of the Select Committee another perspective of the islands. I just wished that in the past Seychellois were made aware of what was happenings on the islands.” said the Chairman of the Select Committee, Hon. Wavel Ramkalawan. “The islands should be accessible to Seychellois for leisure and investment. They must be preserved for future generations, while we also exploit them in order to create greater wealth for our population” he concluded.
In its latest newsletter, Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) has announced "After this lengthy eradication mission and innumerable unexpected complications along the way, it is with enormous relief, and sincere gratitude to our partners, the Islands Development Company and Island Conservation Society, our funders, the European Union, that we are able to announce the successful eradication of both red-whiskered bulbuls and Madagascar fodies from the island of Assumption.
These species were introduced to Assumption in 1977 by Mauritian lessees of the island. They have been identified by scientists as a threat to the endemic birds of neighbouriing Aldabra, which is managed by SIF. Aldabra has no introduced bird species.
It is believed that this is the first successful eradication of these alien species anywhere in the world.
For a full copy of the SIF newsletter click here.
The Select Committee of the National Assembly with a special mandate to look at island issues has visited Farquhar. Present on the trip were committee members Wavel Ramkalawan Chairman of the Committee), Bernard Georges, Sabastien Pillay, Charles de Commarmond, Clifford Andre and Chantal Ghislain together with Deputy Speaker Nicholas Prea and LDS Chief Whip Ahmed Afif and consultants Irine Fonseka and Jerry Morin. IDC were represented by Chairman Patrick Berlouis, CEO Glenny Savy and board member Patrick Lablache.
The delegation were able to see at first hand the extent of damage to the environment and infrastructure at Farquhar following Cyclone Fantala. They were also able to inspect the repair work undertaken since the damage was caused including provision to make buildings as cyclone proof as possible.
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