The Ministry has answer to a list of FAQ as iterated below. If you need advice or more information about a particular issue, please do not hesitate to contact Greenline on 2722111 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to develop my piece of land which has a river that runs across it, but I don’t know if I will get authorization to do so, where can I go to get advice?
You can always contact the Environment Assessment and Permit Section for a pre-planning advice relating to environmental impacts before that you ﬁnalise your drawings. However, you must ensure that your development meets all standard requirements to be considered.
Large projects which are listed in Schedule 1 of the Environment Protection (Impact Assessment) Regulation 1996 require a Class 1 impact Assessment. An EIA consultant will be appointed by the developer to undertake the assessment. Class 1 category constructions include hotels, schools, hospitals and other large constructions. For Class 2, such as a house or other minor constructions, is EIA are conducted via a form that is ﬁlled with questions concerning the development and the area it is built in.
It is important for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to be conducted prior to any construction project development or activity to ascertain whether the development will have an adverse impact on the adjacent environment particularly in a protected or ecologically sensitive area.
All request for development submitted through the Town and Country Planning Authority requires Environment Authorization before that approval is granted.
It is against the law to camp anywhere in Seychelles although special permission may be granted by the Seychelles Police after ﬁrst obtaining the approval from the Seychelles National Parks Authority.
Most endemic animals are protected under the law. However, certain species of animals such as fruit bat and giant land tortoise are being kept in captivity. For land tortoises; you would need to obtain a certiﬁcate of ownership from the Department of Environment.
Endemic plants are protected. It is an oﬀence to collect any plants within the National Park.
Commercial consumers can apply for the SMEs Loan scheme which is a bit similar to SEEREP. They can apply through commercial banks or via DBS. Terms and conditions apply but still it is a low interest loan scheme to assist commercial entities to purchase, among others, renewable energy technologies and energy eﬃciency devices. Like SEEREP, the pro-forma invoice needs to be endorsed by Seychelles Energy Commission (some banks do not always require the invoice to be endorsed by SEC because they themselves can validate the invoice). Then they go to their respective banks to apply for the loan, and use the loan to pay for their PV systems. Once the system is installed and commissioned, the consumer can apply for the Commercial Rebate. There is a rebate application form which they ﬁll (the local PV suppliers can do it) and submit to PUC which certify systems speciﬁcation, that it has been correctly installed and commissioned and performance is acceptable. The form is then forwarded to SEC for ﬁnal check and approval. Once approved, SEC will contact the consumer to collect the form and to bring it, along with the ID of the person the rebate is payable to, to the Development Bank of Seychelles, to collect the payment.
Consumers can apply for a Photovoltaic (PV) panel under the Seychelles Energy Eﬃciency Renewable Energy Program (SEEREP), a low interest loan scheme from their banks. The maximum loan is SCR150, 000 at 5% interest with personal contribution of only up 2.5% of the loan amount above SCR 75,000 (the ﬁrst SCR 75,000 does not require personal contribution) with a maximum repayment of 5 years. To apply, consumers get a proforma invoice from one the suppliers and take it to Seychelles Energy Commission (SEC) for endorsement (certifying the invoice is for the renewable energy technology-RET). They must go to their respective bank to apply for the SEEREP and use the loan to pay for their PV systems. Once the system is installed and commissioned, the consumer can apply for the Domestic Rebate. They can ﬁll a rebate application form (the local PV suppliers can do it) and submit it to PUC which will certify the system’s speciﬁcation, verify that it has been correctly installed and commissioned, and that the performance is acceptable. The form is then forwarded to SEC for ﬁnal check and approval. Once approved, SEC will contact the consumer to collect the form and to bring it, along with the ID of the person the rebate is payable to, to the Development Bank for Seychelles (DBS) to collect the rebate payment.
No, it is against the law. The authorisation from the Islands Development Company is needed. For more information, call 4224640.
Yes, under Seychelles law all beaches up to the high water mark are classed as public domain and therefore accessible to the public.
Yes, to go to Aldabra Atoll you need to seek permission from the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF). You also do need permission for landing with a boat on the beach as Aldabra is a Strict Nature Reserve.
To fell trees on a property, homeowners and developers must apply for a Tree felling permit at the Environment Department, Forestry Section at the Aarti Chamber, Mont Fleuri, Room 205. Forestry Section staﬀ will review the application and visit the site prior to issuing or rejecting an application.
Yes, a permit is needed to light a ﬁre. An applicant needs to apply for a permit at the Forestry Section of the Environment Department, Forestry Section at the located in Room 205 at the Aarti Chamber at Mont Fleuri. An application form needs to be collected, ﬁlled and submitted with a processing fee of SCR100. A site visit is then conducted by the Forestry Oﬃcers and depending on their ﬁndings a recommendation is made to the Principal Secretary before issuing a permit. In case there is a ﬁre ban, you are not allowed to light a ﬁre even if you have a permit. Once the ban is lied you can bring your permit to the Oﬃce of Forestry section where it can be renewed at no cost.
Yes, anyone can dispose waste at the landﬁll at a charge of SCR 50 for the ﬁrst tonne. Thereafter a charge of SCR 100 is imposed for any additional tonne.
Who do I contact if there is a tree on state land that poses a threat to public or private property?
You should contact the Environment Department, Forestry Section at the Aar Chamber, Room 205, Mont Fleuri. After receiving a complaint about a tree being a potential threat, a site visit is conducted by the Forestry Oﬃcer to assess whether the tree really poses a danger. If so, the case is then taken up by the Ministry through a letter with some recommendations from the Forestry Section about the urgency of the works to be carried out.