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Sustainable initiatives in the Maldives — The current state of affairs

Sustainable initiatives in the Maldives — The current state of affairs

Pristine sandy beaches, colourful coral reefs and exclusive resorts, the Maldives is a coveted marketplace for many a hotelier. For the past 30 years the island nation has developed from a secret and secluded diver’s hotspot to an international luxury resort hub known to all. This extraordinary boom has greatly benefited the Maldivian economy injecting substantial funds into their general GDP but it has also come at significant environmental cost.

For the past decades the fragile corals reefs and lagoons have been silent witnesses to endless constructions projects and non-existent waste management policies. Compounding this the current government recently declared themselves in favour of developing mass tourism rather than promoting sustainable projects (The Guardian, March 2017).

So it is and pretty much always has been up to the Hoteliers to decide their level of commitment towards eco-friendly and social programs.

Reefscapers is a coral propagation program that gives guests the opportunity to plant their own coral frames in the resorts’ surrounding reefs (you can also name or dedicate the frame to a relative or loved one). The project was initiated with Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru and Four Seasons Kudaa Hura in 2004, One&Only Reethi Rah, Club Med Kani and Cocoa Island by Como joined the club in 2013, and Kanahura in 2014.

Many resorts also participate in animal conservation programs such as the Olive Ridley Project (Cocoa Island by Como), Marine Savers (Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru andFour Seasons Kudaa Hura) and The Manta Trust (Four Seasons again!).

Other sustainable practises include desalinating the water in an effort to reduce the average 3kg waste per tourist per day (plastic water bottles etc.), locally sourcing many of the ingredients required by the gourmet restaurants or selecting timber from sustainable suppliers.

However today one resort leads the field in the sustainability game in the island nation: newly launched Soneva Jani. The latest brainchild of successful hotelier couple Sonu and Eva Shivdasani boasts seriously impressive eco-friendly attributes.

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Source URL: Medium

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