Maldives National Day today. Celebrating its independence from the Portuguese. Unfortunately, the country is still dependent on the rest of the world taking action on climate change. The very aspect which makes the Maldives to alluring, also makes it the most vulnerable. The country lies right on the edge of sea-level. Like the classic plot of sand with a palm tree. Nearly all of the Maldives wonder takes place a meter below (snorkelling) and a meter above (max elevation of the country) sea-level. As a result, changes in sea level have a profound impact on the country even existing at all (or just eventually becoming on big underwater reef).
Furthermore, one of its great attractions is it colourful reefs, but now these are being threatened by warmer sea waters in which the vibrant coral cannot survive. It is no surprise then that the entire country has become one of the most environmentally progressive on the planet. You start to appreciate your planet under your feet more intently when you only have a tiny patch of it to stand on.
Maldives Complete has been covering the many eco-sustainability initiatives by the various resorts for years now. Here is a top ten list of their ecological initiatives…
- EDUCATION– Kuramathi [ABOVE]
- RECYCLING – Kurumba
- REEFSCAPING – Kandooma, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, Kurumba
- SOLAR POWER – Club Med Finolhu Villas
- REEF RE-GENERAT-ION – Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru
- LOCAL SOURCING – Jumeirah Vittaveli
- VOLUNTOURISM – Soneva Fushi
- WASTE REDUCTION – Soneva Fushi
- MANTA RESEARCH – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
- TURTLE RESEARCH – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa