In honor of World Earth Day 2023, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort organized the first-ever local resort and community coral restoration event in the Maldives in cooperation with Dh. Kudahuvadhoo Council and Dh. Atoll School Eco Friends Club. This event was organized in association with Reefscapers Maldives. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness among the local youth and community about the new dangers facing coral reefs and the necessity of defending this crucial ecosystem in the Maldives.
A marine biologist from the resort, Ms. Hazel Araujo, led a workshop on awareness for 17 kids from Dh. Atoll School as part of the program. Two coral frames made of 130 coral fragments were prepared with help from the kids, and they were afterwards placed in Dh. Kudahuvadhoo's house reef.
"We are honored to have worked together on this significant event with Dh. Kudahuvadhoo Council and Dh. Atoll School Eco Friends Club. We want to use this event to motivate the future generation to safeguard coral reefs and take responsibility for our oceans. remarked Mr. Mohamed Athif, The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort's director of human resources.
"I firmly believe that Maldivian youth have a lot of potential to contribute to the restoration of the coral reefs in Dh. Kudahuvadhoo. They are imaginative, intelligent, and dedicated to taking part in environmental issues, thus it is our responsibility to provide them with the means to do so. Hazel Araujo, resident marine biologist at The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, said, "It was an honor to meet these young ocean leaders, and I'm delighted to continue this project and see local collaboration take action for the coral reefs.
In order to lessen the detrimental effects of plastic on the marine environment, participants in the event also took part in a beach cleanup exercise.
"The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort has several projects planned as part of our sustainable journey. We just introduced a 2-tonne composting unit, our unique in-house bottled water called Fen, as well as a cooperation with Reefscapers for coral restoration. According to Harish Nair, Resort Manager of The St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort, "We are eager to extend similar collaborations with other islands and aim to start a wider movement.
Due to its dedication to sustainability, the St. Regis Maldives Vommuli Resort has taken a leading role in the Maldives' efforts to conserve and grow coral. In the resort's house reef, more than 40 coral frames and over 3000 coral fragments have been deployed.