The Africa Islands Climate Commission which is chaired by Seychelles strongly supports the newly launched African Union Green Recovery Action Plan, said President Wavel Ramkalawan.

The Green Recovery Action Plan which was launched on Thursday is intended to contribute towards the realisation of AU member states’ recovery plans as well as regional programmes.

Ramkalawan told an online gathering that “the AU Green Recovery Action Plan complements the African islands’ commitment and efforts to reduce carbon emissions across all sectors, build resilience in our communities and play our part in supporting the transition to a net-zero carbon emissions economy.”

“African Island states are strongly committed to the Paris Agreement and for our part, Seychelles aims to lead by example. We have dedicated a whole chapter of our Nationally Determined Contributions to ocean climate action. This includes protecting and evaluating our blue carbon as nature-based solutions to climate change,” Ramkalawan added, according to a news release from State House.

“Seychelles has time and again strongly advocated for climate adaptation and resilience to natural hazards to reduce the risks that threaten our survival and socio-economic viability as African SIDS, and mitigate the challenges to our sustainable development efforts,” he added.

Ramkalawan said that as Chair of the African Islands States Climate Commission, he looks forward to working with all member states and international partners to fulfill the objectives of the Green Recovery Action Plan.