U.S. Embassy awards REO Grant to Plant Conservation Action Group in Seychelles

Photo credit: Courtesy of Seychelles Nation

21 September 2021: The Regional Environment Officers (REO) small grants program provides funding for projects that address environmental and public health issues. The U.S. Embassy has awarded a REO small grant of $5,000 to the Plant Conservation Action Group (PCA) to achieve this goal.

PCA is a Seychelles environmental Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), created in 2002, by plant scientists. It is run entirely by volunteers. PCA’s main objective is to promote native plant conservation in Seychelles by supporting scientific research and conducting community awareness activities. The U.S. Embassy and PCA have a shared goal of advancing conservation, resilience, and sustainable management of ecosystems in Seychelles.

The REO small grants will allow PCA to protect native vegetation in the Tea Tavern Restoration Area through the removal of invasive plants. The grants will also help PCA to improve a nature trail path and visitor experience of the restored area. PCA also plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Seychelles National Parks Authority (SNPA) on the management of endemic rich flora areas.

The project is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES). These grants are part of the U.S. government’s efforts to support projects in the areas of environment, science, and health. U.S. embassies work with local and regional NGOs, community groups, women’s cooperatives, and education institutions to solve critical environmental problems.

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