Seychelles’ Ecological Commitment Commended in UK News

Seychelles’ Ecological Commitment Commended in UK News

Making the most of their presence in London for the World Travel Market (WTM), Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports & Marine, Mr. Didier Dogley and Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) Chief Executive Mrs. Sherin Francis met with several key media specialists earlier in November.

The press meetings, aimed at urging the UK and other countries to join the fight against climate change, focussed on raising the alarm about the various effects of global warming; particularly the vulnerability destinations such as the small island nation are facing, with the rising water levels

Seychelles, the archipelago state made up of 115 islands, is a pioneer in the Indian Ocean and the world through its continuous action in reinforcing its national policies for conservation.

As pioneers, the Seychelles continually takes steps towards cementing its national climate change policy, meaning that the targeted 30% consensus of protecting the sea will be met 10 years earlier than scheduled, according to both the Minister and the STB Chief Executive.

During a live interview with BBC Africa, Minister Dogley, a former Minister for Environment, Energy and Climate Change explained the impacts of climate change on the lives of the Seychellois people. He further commented on how his environmentally conscious home nation is a model for sustainable tourism with its array of unique sites.

Minister Dogley further revealed that in such a world where unspoiled natural land and seascapes are becoming a rare asset, it was a real pleasure to see European countries and destinations, including China and India, getting on board with the movement.

In previous interviews, it has been stated by the Minister that Seychellois people have no choice but to sustain and maintain their environmental standards, out of sheer necessity.

Spreading a similar message, Mrs. Sherin Francis, recounts driving through ocean flooded roads, on the East coast of Mahé, in order to get to work. Mrs. Francis was interviewed across the 7th - 8th of November by the BBC (World News and Wildlife), as well as Sky News, Arise News and City Metric. Her message was clear: ‘Be our ambassadors when you leave the Seychelles and spread the word about climate change’.

Speaking candidly, the Chief Executive also stated that the shared vision between the government and STB, and the actions taken to iron out climate issues, has promoted an eco-warrior mentality across the generations.

Some of the more talked about achievements discussed by Mrs. Francis included the ban of single use plastics, which came into effect in 2018, and the campaign aimed at reaching out to potential holidaymakers.

With Britain being the third largest European incoming market, after Germany, France and Italy, visitors are encouraged to join in on beach clean ups, wildlife tagging or planting coral.

To find out more about Seychelles extensive eco-conscious efforts, visit our dedicated newsroom, or book your own visit to come and see it for yourself.

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Notes to Editors
The Seychelles, made up of over 100 beautiful islands, is the smallest population of any African state but is considered to be one of the most idyllic places on Earth. It is also one of the few countries that almost triples its population due to tourism arrivals.

About Minister Didier Dogley
Minister Didier Dogley worked in the Ministry of Environment from 1989 and has held several key posts including Director General for Nature Conservation and Principal Secretary of Environment. Also the Founding Chairman of the Non-government organisation, Plant, he is a true conservationist who fights for the protection of the indigenous flora and fauna of Seychelles. In 2018, his ministry transferred to Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine.

About Sherin Francis
Ms Francis is one of the world’s youngest leaders. Prior to joining the Seychelles Tourism Board, Ms. Frances was formerly the Principal Secretary at the Department of Tourism within the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. She also headed the Seychelles Investment Board for 4 years whereby she has been instrumental in broadening the marketing arm of the board and raised the Seychelles’ profile internationally. A previous position she also occupied before rising to an executive position includes Director of Investment Promotion at the Ministry of National Development, where amongst her many duties, she carried out research on market trends and promoted investment opportunities.

About Seychelles Tourism Board

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. It's home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to the nation's capital, Victoria. It is also home to the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and the world's most breathtaking beaches, including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka. With so many islands to choose from, each with an enchanting charm and character all its own, and over 65 beaches on the principal island of Mahé alone, visitors are sure to find their own piece of paradise for a little downtime in the sun and sand.

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