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Yearbook 2019

Seychelles. Like many other small island nations, Seychelles is more threatened than most countries by climate change and other environmental degradation. While tourism is the dominant industry in the country, fishing and export of fresh and frozen fish, especially tuna, is also of great importance. In April, President Danny Faure made a spectacular play when, in a live broadcast from an underwater craft 120 meters below the Indian Ocean's surface, he appealed to the outside world to take concrete action to save the ocean and everything living in them. He mentioned in particular expanded marine protection areas, sustainable fishing, reduced emissions and a halt to plastic littering.

2019 Seychelles

In November, the BBC reported on the widespread heroin abuse in the country. With 5,000-6,000 heroin users out of a total of 97,000 residents, the country has the most per capita heroin addiction in the world. Since the country is scattered on 115 islands, it is very difficult to monitor what is being brought in across the border. Instead of a "war on drugs", which is waged elsewhere in the world, Seychelles has invested in two different types of treatment programs, mainly methadone maintenance therapy. According to CountryAAH, head of the state authority responsible for drug prevention and rehabilitation, 2,000 people participated in a treatment program during the year. Of these, over two-thirds had some form of employment.

In February, former President France-Albert René passed away at the age of 83. René came to power in 1977 through a military coup. He remained president even after the introduction of multi-party systems in 1993 and first resigned in 2004.

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