The Open Ocean project, which will take place in 2022, seeks to ensure visibility for the conservation of oceans and local ecosystems

Seychelles is home to one of the largest populations of green turtles, following efforts to preserve the species – credit: disclosure

With 30% of marine area dedicated to conservation, the Seychelles Islands are strongly committed to the preservation of their ecosystems. In order to increase the visibility of the destination committed to actions that seek sustainability, the archipelago will promote, in April 2022, the Open Ocean Project.

The event, whose aim is to unite the areas of sport, culture and sustainable tourism, will be attended by the German swimmer André Wiersig, who will become the first international athlete to swim individually between the islands of Mahé and La Digue, an extension of 51 km in the middle of the Indian Ocean. A swimmer of extreme distances and conditions, he is an ambassador for the German Oceans Foundation and is actively involved in ocean sustainability projects.

“We must preserve and protect what we love. This project is my contribution to wider ecological movements. We depend on the ocean and we need to learn more about it”, highlights André Wiersig, who also reiterated the importance of preserving ecosystems for local residents and for the various species at risk of extinction.

Swimmer and activist André Wiersig (3rd from left) and Seychelles Event Organizing Committee - credit: disclosure

The project also seeks to publicize the practice of sports in Seychelles and the feasibility of sporting events in the archipelago. “We welcome André Wiersig to this incredible project in Seychelles. We are very honored to have chosen our country to host this sporting event, which, in addition to uniting our community, will contribute to the efforts in favor of the sustainability of our country”, said Jean Larue, CEO of the National Sports Council of Seychelles.

The Seychelles Islands have over the years promoted several actions in favor of sustainability and the preservation of their rich natural heritage. The archipelago, with its paradisiacal beaches and exuberant nature, was recognized for its actions as the Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination in the Indian Ocean for two consecutive years and has established itself as a great ally in the practice of responsible tourism.


Seychelles channel

With a guaranteed presence on the lists of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Seychelles offers all kinds of outdoor activities and water sports, in addition to a warm people and vibrant culture. Seychelles is also home to the Vallée de Mai and Aldabra Atoll, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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