AfricaLive talks with Seychelles Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine Mr Didier Dogley on his nation’s attempts to balance environmental sustainability with economic development.
“There is a lot of work being done to bring down emissions caused by air travel as tourists come into the country.
Most of our hotels have adopted international sustainability standards but we also have our own set of standards. We have the Seychelles sustainability label that we are working to put in place in every hotel.
These standards spell out the protocols to be followed when handling waste produced by hotels. They also give directions on handling wastewater, water, and energy efficiency, and the use of renewable energy. There is also a ban on plastic bags, cutlery, plastic cups, and takeaway porcelain. We also have an ambitious target of protecting thirty percent of our marine space. We have protected twenty-six percent so far, and plan to complete the job by next year.”
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