Seychelles: Time Capsule – Seychelles President promises sustainable use of ocean resources

Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan has pledged to use ocean resources sustainably to secure the livelihoods of future generations, inaugurating a time capsule on Moyenne Island on Saturday to mark the event.

Ramkalawan placed the time capsule on Moyenne in Sainte Anne National Park in his capacity as sponsor of the Ocean Decade Alliance 2021-2030. He was named one of the two sponsors of the Ocean Decade Alliance in February 2021 during the One Ocean Summit held in Brest.

The event commemorates the African Union (AU) Africa Seas and Oceans Day 2022, which is usually celebrated on July 25 every year.

The time capsule is located at the most visited point in the Middle, the burial place of Brendon Grimshaw, the former British owner of the island. Sainte Anne Marine National Park is the first marine protected area in Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.

The pledge reads: “I, Wavel Ramkalawan, pledge to bring together all the energy and commitment of the people of Seychelles to ensure that our oceans, seas and marine resources are used sustainably to ensure the livelihoods of our future generations.”

In his address, Ramkalawan said that “we can’t just think about our pockets but how we continue to preserve our environment and keep something for future generations. As a person who is today the President of the country, I say that we must continue to preserve our oceans, our seas and the environment so that future generations can enjoy what we have known.”

The design of the time capsule, produced by artists Joakim Hoareau and Alain Camille, stems from the concept of circular economy promoted by the blue economy department. The bottle used symbolizes one of the many objects often thrown away wrongly and sends a strong message on the importance of reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering waste.

The time capsule will be opened on July 25, 2030. Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at the Blue Economy Department, Gabriella Gonthier, said that after the time capsule is opened, people will be able to see if the President’s commitment has been met.

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Gonthier explained that Moyenne was chosen as the site for the time capsule because it is in the smallest marine national park in the world and “it is an achievement that Seychelles can boast of”.

“Average is a great example of what the blue economy means for Seychelles, and it is the balance between the economic benefits with the arrival of tourists, the preservation of the environment and the social benefits that you can derive of which is an enhanced experience of what Seychelles has to offer,” she continued.

During the ceremony, the Average App was also inaugurated by the President. The app, which can be downloaded for Android and IOS users, is the first app to be used on Average to improve the experience of locals and visitors.

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