In a first-ever live speech from an underwater
submersible, Seychelles president has made a global plea to protect the oceans.
The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands
in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. Small island nations like the Seychelles
are among the most vulnerable to the rise in sea levels caused by climate
The broadcast was part of an expedition by
Nekton Mission. The mission seeks to explore deep sections of the waters
surrounding the Seychelles.
The data will be used to help the Seychelles
expand its policy of protecting 30% of its national waters by 2020. The
initiative is particularly important for Seychelles’ blue economy- the sustainable
use of ocean to achieve economic growth.