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How Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa is raising the bar in coastal conservation

Marriott has announced a new programme for 2020 to save some of the most diverse ecosystems on our planet, coral reefs. Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa has collaborated with environmental consultancy, Reefscapers, to develop a tailored marine biology programme that offers guest orientated activities to save the surrounding coral reefs.

As part of the resort’s sustainability focus, it has also launched complimentary speedboat transfers to and from Male International Airport – a first for the Maldives – which takes a quick 15 minutes.

Under the new programme, coral frames are placed around the resort’s house reef, as a result of El Nino which took place in 2016 and saw unusually warm waters cause widespread coral bleaching. Weekly interactive frame building activities led by experts will offer hands on experience in how to ensure marine wildlife can continue to thrive, whilst reducing your own coral reef footprint.

The structures are built locally in Baa Atoll Fulhadhoo, providing an alternative business to the 250 inhabitants whose sole previous source of employment was fishing. As part of this initiative, the hotel will also appoint a marine biologist to be stationed at the resort and conduct marine life educational workshops and guided snorkelling tours.

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