Seychelles president’s underwater speech: Protect our oceans

  1. In a first-ever live speech from an underwater submersible, Seychelles president has made a global plea to protect the oceans.
  2. 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 change.
  3. The broadcast was part of an expedition by Nekton Mission. The mission seeks to explore deep sections of the waters surrounding the Seychelles.
  4. 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.