The President welcomed her to the State House and thanked Dr Earle for her visit to the Seychelles and for presenting the country on her BBC programme in conjunction with Rolex. President Faure praised Dr Earle for her extraordinary commitment to marine conservation and the work she is doing for mankind. He gave his commitment as head of state that Seychelles will continue to be a strong advocate for environmental conservation, the blue economy and the preservation of marine protected areas.
Dr. Earle congratulated the Seychelles on its leadership in achieving ocean protection by 30% 10 years ahead of global targets. She said the example of Seychelles gives cause for hope.
During the meeting, which was also filmed by the BBC for its programme, Dr Earle shared her experiences in the Seychelles with President Faure. Their discussion also revolved around the importance of protecting the oceans, sustainable economic development and the need for urgent collective action to protect the seas. They also discussed the importance of involving young people in educational activities related to the protection of the environment and the oceans. President Faure spoke about the national eco-school programme, under which the winning schools will receive a round-trip trip to Aldabra, fully sponsored by the Seychelles Islands Foundation. This is an example of a program that aims to promote environmental education by encouraging students, teachers and other stakeholders to work together to address various environmental issues.
During an interview with the local media, Dr. Earle highlighted the impact of climate change and how she has observed the vulnerability of the Seychelles. She noted that she can see what is being done in the fight against climate change and that she is excited to be in Seychelles to witness the positive things the country is doing to protect nature and the oceans.
Also present this morning were the Executive Director of the Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust, Angelique Pouponneau, and the policy expert of the Mission Blue/The Sylvia Earle Alliance, Max Bello.
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