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Committed to conservation of endemic biodiversity

Committed to conservation of endemic biodiversity (Forimmediaterelease.net) On the final day of a state visit to Seychelles, the President of the Republic of India, HE Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, planted a Coco-de-Mer seed at the Botanical Gardens of Victoria. The President was accompanied by members of her delegation, as well as the Minister for Environment and Energy, Dr. Rolph Payet; Principal Secretary for Environment, Mr. Wills Agricole; and the Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Botanical Gardens Foundation, Mr. Raymond Brioche.

During her visit, President Patil said that she was impressed by how peaceful the gardens are, and expressed her appreciation of the giant tortoises that are found there.

The President was given a brief explanation on the Seychelles endemic Coco-de-Mer trees - male and female, the way they grow, and the seed's reputed medicinal qualities.

Minister Dr. Rolph Payet presented President Patil with a Coco-de-Mer from the Botanical Gardens as a souvenir, as well as a symbol of the two countries’ commitment to environmental conservation. She has described such visit to one of Seychelles’ oldest national monuments as “memorable and historical.”

“I was impressed by the way she blessed the Coco-de-Mer before planting. It is evident how connected she is to Mother Nature and how important conservation of nature is significant to her and her way of life,” said Minister Dr Payet.

President Patil is the second dignitary that has ever planted a Coco-de-Mer at the Botanical Garden, after HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1956.

PHOTO: President of the Republic of India, HE Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism&Culture

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