IDC has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Seychelles Meteorological Authority for the installation of automatic weather stations on eight islands.
This agreement was signed by the Chief Executive of IDC, Glenny Savy, and the Chief Executive of the Seychelles Meteorological Authority, Vincent Amelie during a ceremony to mark IDC’s 38th anniversary.
Under the agreement, IDC will finance the installation of weather stations on Alphonse, Assomption, Astove, Coëtivy, Cosmoledo, Farquhar, Providence, and Silhouette.
Mr. Savy described the signature as another milestone for IDC since the setting up of the weather stations will result in better data collection for weather forecasting and will provide IDC with accurate information for its flights.
On his part, Mr. Amelie explained that the weather stations, especially those that will be installed on the outer islands, will be important for recording and collecting data about the climate of the southern islands.
“All the information we have recorded over the years have always been collected on Mahé and the inner islands. This has made it difficult to make weather predictions for the outer islands”.
The weather stations are expected to cost approximately R250,000 and the first station will be set up on Farquhar in one month’s time.
Another highlight of the celebrations was the official launch of the second edition of the ‘Outer Islands of Seychelles - Zil Elwannye Sesel’ book, authored by Adrian Skerrett.
It is an updated version of the first edition with supplementary maps, diagrams, stories and interviews added on to its original content.
Also launched was IDC’s revamped website which has been designed by Malinda Skerrett in such a way as to offer a better browsing experience for users.