The Seychelles MSP Governance Framework has a number of components, including an Executive Committee, Steering Committee, Technical Working Groups and stakeholder engagement groups. The Framework was developed in 2014 and has been updated several times to ensure an effective decision making structure, stakeholder representation on all committees, and to update individual member positions.
The Nature Conservancy/TNC Canada is providing process design and facilitation leadership on the MSP Core Team, develop technical outputs and scientific analyses, provide financial support, communications, and administrative support for the MSP Initiative in support of the Government of Seychelles. The Government of Seychelles-UN Development Programme – global environment facility Programme Coordination Unit, or GOS-UNDP-gef PCU, is an important partner in the process, providing coordination and integration roles.
High level decisions for the MSP Initiative are taken by the MSP Executive Committee. This Committee was formed in October 2016 in response to recommendations from stakeholders to improve integration and communication at the Ministerial and CEO level. The MSP Steering Committee was formed in August 2014 and provides technical and sectoral advice, provides input and review of draft technical outputs, and makes recommendations to the Executive Committee for finalising MSP outputs. The MSP Technical Working Group was formed in July 2014 to develop planning tools for the MSP process, and is comprised of three sectoral groups: socio-economic, marine ecological and terrestrial ecological. Each group has a Chair and Vice-Chair, and the Socio-Economic TWG has three co-chairs to represent fisheries, tourism and petroleum. The TWG Chair and Vice-Chairs sit on the MSP Steering Committee.
All of the MSP Committees and Working Groups have representation from government, scientists, environmental non-governmental organisations, and private sector representatives for the five thematic areas of the MSP: FISHING, BIODIVERSITY, INFRASTRUCTURE & PUBLIC UTILITIES, NON-RENEWABLE RESOURCES, AND TOURISM & RECREATION.
In the fall of 2015, a bottom-up stakeholder group was formed, the MSP Working Group, and it is comprised of representatives from marine charters, artisanal fisheries, semi-industrial fisheries and industrial fisheries.
For a list of the participating government ministries and stakeholder organisations or groups, see the Stakeholders page.