Dubai ruler visits Seychelles’ pavilion at Expo 2020 |12 October 2021
Expresses appreciation for efforts made to preserve, protect the environment
“Conserving resources by rationalising their use is one of the main challenges facing humanity. Consolidated global efforts to ensure the sustainability of resources are essential to ensure the prosperity and well-being of future generations,” His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has said.
He was speaking after touring the Seychelles pavilion, one of a number of pavilions at the Sustainability District at Expo 2020 in Dubai.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, also expressed his appreciation for the efforts being made around the world to preserve and protect the environment.
He was accompanied by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; and Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
“The UAE has recognised the need to address this critical issue at an early stage in its development, through the vision of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. All of its megaprojects in all sectors have taken into account the need to balance development and conservation of resources. This approach to sustainable development has guided the country’s growth over the past 50 years and will continue to guide its development over the next 50 years,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Seychelles’ pavilion showcases the natural beauty and history of the nation’s islands, the steps being taken to safeguard them, and the opportunities to take part in their preservation.
During the tour, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on the objectives of the pavilion trying to present the efforts undertaken by local and international institutions to protect the natural treasures of Seychelles, and to promote the idea of environmental conservation and the conservation of the natural factors most at risk of pollutants caused by human activities and civil progress, which has brought with it many environmental challenges.
During his visit to the Seychelles pavilion, which focuses primarily on the issue of environmental protection, His Highness saw a work of art made from recycled materials intended to alert one of the most serious challenges that wildlife around the world must face, address, that is, the plastic pollutants of the seas and oceans, an increasing phenomenon. The growth with the increase in the use of plastic and the lack of awareness of the danger of discharging its pollutants into the seas and rivers, where attention has been posed on this issue due to the connection of Seychelles with the sea, as they consist of 115 islands located in the heart of the Indian Ocean and more than 50% of them are considered nature reserves.
His Highness visited the pavilion, which showcases the many attractions Seychelles enjoys, as the pavilion was keen to highlight its beautiful nature and ancient heritage, with the aim of promoting awareness of the importance of preserving these components and stimulate international efforts to preserve nature’s resources, promoting the idea of conservation of the natural treasures among visitors to the pavilion, as well as promoting the ‘blue economy’ initiatives and many other projects through which the Seychelles seeks to secure its present and future.