Conservation

The challenge

A myriad of natural and human-induced processes threaten our global ecosystem, with current rates of habitat and species loss supporting the theory that the Earth has entered its 6th mass extinction event. While humankind has had an undeniable impact, we must be the solution. Extending beyond the precautionary approach, successful conservation and restoration of natural systems and species requires a framework to direct efforts and promote resilience to global change.

Our Approach

“To sustain natural ecosystems and human communities through conservation and restoration projectsā€¯

Our science-based conservation framework has prioritised four key global threats: climate change, changing land use, over-population and invasive species. Within the scope of these threats, we prioritise for conservation sensitive or biologically rich habitats, and threatened or keystone species.

This strategy is being implemented at all our properties through our conservation policies and strategy, accessing cross-sector collaborations with NGOs, academics, governments, resource users and the wider public. Long term monitoring of ecosystems and priority species proximal to our operations will inform and direct conservation programs while increasing awareness and promoting participatory engagement at all levels of interest and by people from all walks of life.

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Our Goal

Integrate robust conservation efforts in to tourism operations with active participation by all stakeholders regardless of level of competency, to educate, conserve, restore and safeguard natural heritage of ecosystems and biodiversity.

Our Progress

Detailed progress for individual conservation projects below.

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TURTLE CONSERVATION

2,473

Turtles Released

Seven properties had turtle awareness, hatchling releases, hatchery or headstart programmes in 2018. More turtles were released in 2018 than previous years, but engagement was lower due to the completion of the Maldives turtle conservation project in 2017.

To download our latest turtle report use the link below.

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Participants

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SHARK CONSERVATION

Long term monitoring of shark populations entered its fourth year, with the 22,690 minutes of underwater footage collected to date characterising shark populations in the central Maldives. This information is being used to assess the efficacy of the national shark ban in the Maldives.