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Seychelles applauded for conservation leadership

Seychelles applauded for conservation leadership ( NEW YORK, NY - Seychelles’ leadership on preservation of island biodiversity was hailed yesterday at a special small island states event.

Seychelles drew a special round of applause when Vice President Danny Faure announced the country had the highest proportion of protected land in the world following the declaration of Silhouette as a national park.

Mr. Faure was speaking at a working breakfast on the margins of the United Nations Secretary General’s high-level event on biodiversity hosted by the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). The event was entitled, “Celebrating Island Leadership in a New Era of Cooperation in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).”

The recent declaration of the Silhouette National Park brought the country’s total land area under protection to more than 47 percent, the Vice President said. “Seychelles, therefore, stands today as the country with the highest percentage of its land territory declared as protected areas for nature conservation,” he added to applause from dignitaries such as Vice President Alik Alik of the Federated States of Micronesia, UN Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang, Australian Foreign Minister and former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, and the foreign and environment ministers of Grenada, Peter David and Michael Church, respectively.

The event was organized by the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), of which Seychelles President James Michel is co-chair, and several of its NGO partners.

“Seychelles will continue to pursue at the international level its active diplomacy through sound leadership and by example,” Vice President Faure said as he called on world leaders to halt global biodiversity loss and address the threat of climate change.

“Our islands are fragile, and our planet is even more fragile,” he continued. “Let our conscience speak to the world; speak to the hearts of those who today have the power to change the course of humanity, to change the course towards a sustainable future.”

Alain St.Ange CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board Email:

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