In the week of International Earth Day (22/04), learn about some of the actions that the country promotes and that made it winner of the Green Travel Awards
Recognized as one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world, Seychelles is one of the tourist destinations most committed to protecting the biodiversity of the Islands and Oceans that make up the Archipelago in the Indian Ocean.
The country recently received from the Green Travel Award, an award from the Italian Tourist Press Group, the Honorable Mention Decade of the Oceans. This category promotes the UN Decade of Marine Sciences for Sustainable Development, which runs from 2021 to 2030.
About the award, Tourism Seychelles Marketing Director Bernadette Willemin said: “We are proud to see that, once again, Seychelles is recognized for its work in sustainability. As a destination, we will continue to encourage responsible tourism while maintaining our persistent efforts to preserve our islands in a pristine state.”
The Archipelago, which designated almost 50% of its land territory as natural reserves and 30% of its oceanic territory as marine protected areas, is a reference in the preservation and recovery of the environment. In the country of 459 km2 there are about 1000 endemic species and two Unesco World Heritage Sites: the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve and the Aldabra Atoll.
The Vallée du Mai Nature Reserve is home to one of several species unique to the Seychelles. Located on the island of Praslin, the reserve is known as the true Garden of Eden. The Unesco World Heritage has as one of its main species the Coco de Mer, the largest palm seed in the world.
Untouched for years, Aldabra Atoll is one of the Unesco World Heritage Sites present in Seychelles. There is one of the largest and oldest coral atolls on the planet, with approximately 125 years. Aldabra is also home to the largest population of giant tortoises on Earth, with around 150 inhabitants.
The paradisiacal Archipelago of Seychelles is proof that it is possible to promote tourism with ecological actions and measures that allow the preservation and care of the planet's ecosystems.
For more information about the destination, visit www.seychelles.com/home .