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Responsible tourism: Maldives luxury beachfront villas

Environment

Conservation & Restoration:
• Looking after local reefs - Coral predator removal and annual monitoring
• National coral reef monitoring protocols
• Hosted the National science symposium
• Scientific advisory committee for governmental ministry
• Beach cleanups – trash removal
• Community cleanups – raise awareness and trash removal
• Plastic waste awareness – promote Parley of the seas (local recycling initiative)
• Coral planting – to restore damaged reefs (15,854 corals since 2001)
• Citizen science (marine megafauna)
• Shark conservation – monitor the impact of the national shark fishing ban
• Turtle conservation and head start program (now on hold) – identify nesting areas and survival
• Tree planting – 270 on Ukulhas, 650 on Omadhoo, 500 Gaadhifushi (fruit and other trees)

The Marine Lab supports local schools and frequently invites students to the island to engage with activities and provide educational presentations. This year, the Muhyiddin School’s Environment Society (ages ranging from 12 – 16 years) visited the island on Earth Day, to participate in an island reef cleanup and to share experiences about dealing with plastic pollution and discuss strategies and objectives for combatting it in the local community. In the past school visits have also included learning about animal conservation, such as turtle head-start programs and participated in the Marine Lab’s weekly reef cleanups, which target coral predator starfish that have in recent years become the second largest threat to coral reefs in the Maldives.

Community

90% of the staff of the resort are locals as one of the values of the brand is to help local communities.

How does your property connect with the local community?

Health & Wellbeing
• Blood donations – Thalassemia
• Provided 1500 leukocyte filters to low income families for Thalassemia
• Bought hearing aids for students of the local community
• Hearing impaired: Jamaluddin School – provided care and assistance
• Fully functioning hydroponic organic farm set up for local Magoodhoo island


Education & Development
• Very high percentage of company employees are Maldivian
• English teacher training provided
• Maldivian culture – themed night – Bodu Beru and Maldivian cuisine
• Internships in Marine Lab – Maldives National Uni MNU (develop local capacity)
• Marine Environment Officers – always Maldivians hired
• Built a free-to-attend school on a local island (Feydhoo - most illiterate in the country)
• Developed a youth centre for a local Kedhikolhudoo Island
• Sponsored development and purchased equipment for Ukulhas pre-school
• Pre-school development for Veyamandoo Island
• Constructed children’s park in Hithadhoo
• Seedlings mentorship – 5 children sponsored to attend school (including purchasing uniform etc)
• MNU scholarship funding – Environmental Science Degrees (commencing 2018/19)
• School visits to island – environment awareness (plastic) and activities - animal conservation
• Produced an education story book on turtles for children in Maldives
• Care society – paid building rent to sponsor locals
• Workshops for government (develop technical and computer skills)
• Assist recovery and rehabilitation efforts following the 2005 tsunami. Rebuilt 77 homes within 5 months, restored access to fresh water.

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