Great news from the Maldives; Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani signed a pledge on the 27th September to establish a protected area within their house-reefs.
The Maldives Government has pledged to make the entirety of the Maldives a Biosphere Reserve by 2017. As part of this pledge, resorts were invited to commit to the creation of a protected area within their house-reef boundaries. In the Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve there are already protected reefs. These core areas are designated as sites where only non-damaging, non-extractive activities are allowed, following the principle of “Look, See, Don’t touch”.
The pledge was signed for Soneva Fushi by Hussain Shiyam, Operations Manager, and for Soneva Jani by Olivia Richly, Genral Manager. We are very proud to be amongst the 34 resorts who signed the pledge out of the 116 resorts in the Maldives! Again Soneva is at the forefront of conservation.
But the best part is we don’t have to wait until 2017, each of our hosts is an ambassador of conservation by ensuring their personal actions and the actions of their team are aimed at protecting our fragile and precious environment.