In her presentation, Mrs. Francis stressed the destination’s objective to encourage responsible tourism and inspire visitors to take sustainable actions, share their stories and track global progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set in 2015.
Keeping its ecological focus, the Seychelles community has adopted 4 badges – these include the advocate badge, beach clean-up badge, tree planter badge – only available in Seychelles – and finally the local produce badge.
Speaking at the launch, Mrs. Francis reiterated that the mission of the STB remains to keep the destination visible, highlighting that this platform aligns well with the efforts of the country towards sustainable tourism.
“As a proud environmentally-conscious destination, this initiative is an opportunity for us to encourage our visitors to engage in activities which promote sustainable development. We want them to make an impact and we aim to make our visitors become Seychelles ambassadors when they return to their home, telling the world how our small nation is helping the fight against the global environmental crisis the world is facing, each one of us individually, one at a time,” said Mrs. Francis.
On her part, Tatiana Sharpe, CEO of Global Impact stated that growing up in Zimbabwe, gave her exposure to poverty and social injustice at a young age, which fueled her desire to make a positive impact in her community and in the world.
“Global Impact is the world’s first social impact network tracks, measures and showcases positive impact for sustainable development. A tool that empowers, citizens, organizations and governments to change the world. Before I went to study at Stanford University, I was here in Seychelles when I came up with the idea for global impact. It is beautiful to see the full circle- come back and launch- here in Seychelles. I think Seychelles is taking a step in the right direction,” said Ms. Sharpe.
In recognition of its efforts, Seychelles received the honor of being crowned Indian Ocean’s Leading Sustainable Tourism Destination for two consecutive years in 2019 and 2020.
Renowned for its pristine beauty, the Seychelles, one of the Small Islands Developing States, has made it its mission to preserve its exotic paradise and rich natural heritage through sustainable practices and measures.