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TAJ HOTELS Olive Ridley Conservation program. Between the months of December and March, scores of endangered Olive Ridley Turtles come ashore to lay their eggs. Guests can not only observe this mesmerising phenomenon but also participate in the hotel’s conservation initiative to protect the newly hatched turtles before releasing them into their natural habitat. Read more about the Olive Ridley Conservation program here


Alila Villas Uluwatu remains the only resort in Indonesia to obtain the highest level of certification from EarthCheck for Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) as a Best Practice Building Planning and Design (BPDS) development.

Located on a cliff top plateau along the southern coastline of Bali on the Bukit Peninsula, the stunning, 52 villa residential estate follows environmentally sustainable design principles in tandem with the environmental and social sustainability policies of Alila Hotels & Resorts.

"Since opening in late 2009, Alila Villas Uluwatu has gained international attention for its contemporary style, striking cliff-top location and innovative combination of design and eco-credentials, as the first resort in Bali to achieve EarthCheck certification for building, planning and design," Andre Russ from EC3 Global said.

"Designed by Singapore based architects WOHA, who were also recognised by RIBA for their work on the School of the Arts in Singapore, the accolade is the latest in a string of awards for Alila Villas Uluwatu, following a much-coveted World Architecture award for ‘Best Holiday Building’ and Gold Key award for ‘Best Hotel Design’ last year."

For more information about this groundbreaking coastal estate, click on the following to download:


Dusit International's latest resort is yet to open but it has already set its sights on saving the local shark population. Located on the breathtaking Mudhdhoo Island, Northwest of Malé, Dusit Thani Maldives aims to achieve a total ban on shark fishing, export, and sale of priceless shark products. 

Fuelled by an increasing demand from Asian markets and a growing hunger for shark-fin soup in China and Hong Kong, the number of sharks deliberately killed for their meat and fins continues to rise in the Maldives. This has resulted in a severe decline in the number of shark sightings in most atolls, including Baa Atoll.

One recent study estimated that fins from between 26 and 73 million sharks are traded globally each year, while reported world trade in fins has nearly tripled.  

"We have sent out emails and letters to nearly 90 tourist resorts, 70 dive centres and approximately 300 travel agents in the Maldives, hoping to get their support for the campaign," Juergen Seidel from Dusit International said. "If we continue to kill theses animals at the current rate, they will be extinct within just a few short decades."

Antarctica is not a nation and is owned by no one, but is managed for all humankind by the Antarctic Treaty Partners, a group of 48 nations who have all agreed to a strict set of Environmental Guidelines. 

As a member of IAATO (International Association Antarctic Tour Operators), Orion Expedition Cruises (OEC) has to comply with the highest levels of marine integrity involving onboard and onshore safety, environmental practices (such as holding all waste) and passenger management (including comprehensive onboard briefings and strict guidelines for shore activities).
Waste Disposal
Orion adheres to a comprehensive Garbage Management Plan (GMP) that has been written in accordance with the international environmental regulations IMO/MARPOL 73/78, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships, 1973 as modified by the Protocol of 1978. ("Marpol" is short for marine pollution and 73/78 short for the years 1973 and 1978.)

All plastic is sent to shoreside facilities, with other waste incinerated and disposed of overboard under 100% compliance with the regulations (i.e. glass, paper & food waste outside 12 nautical miles of land) of GMP. Waste onboard Orion is separated into ‘fractions’ such as food waste, general waste, paper, cardboard, glass, hazardous waste etc., which is then treated according to the conditions set by the Plan. 

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Taking up the entire 150m circumference of Vabbinfaru island, Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru hosts the Banyan Tree Maldives Marine Lab. The hub of an innovative conservation and research effort, the Lab provides a strong link between the private sector tourism industry and the social sector and environmental conservation community.

In 1998, the area was hit by an El Nino weather pattern that increased water temperatures and killed most of the coral. Despite the devastating setback, the Lab decided to continue with an innovative project they had started two years earlier to stimulate coral growth and rehabilitate the marine ecosystem. Click on the video below to see how the decimated landscape was transformed into a wildlife marine sanctuary. 


Beginning in 2007, the Banyan Tree Maldives Marine Lab, Velavaru has focussed on protecting sea turtles, a keystone species particularly vulnerable to a wide range of destructive human activities. Angsana Velavaru is a known turtle-nesting site, home to two critically endangered species – the Hawksbill and Green Sea Turtles. Conservation of nesting sites is not only vital to the continued survival of both species; it ensures that future generations will be able to share in the delight of these creatures just as many guests of Angsana Velavaru, young and old, have. Learn more here.
The Coral Reef Alliance

Originally founded in 1994 to galvanize the dive community for conservation, The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) has grown from a small, grassroots alliance into the only international nonprofit organization that works exclusively to unite communities to protect our planet's coral reefs.

To help reef operators educate their staff and visitors about responsible marine management, they have compiled a number of handy guidelines for the following activities:

Fascinating facts about Australia's Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef off Queensland’s east coast is an international tourism icon. It is made up of about 2,900 unconnected coral reefs, stretching over 2,000 km from south of Papua New Guinea to Bundaberg. There are also about 900 islands within the Great Barrier Reef.

Considered the largest, most complex and diverse coral reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef is home to over 1,500 species of fish, 400 species of coral and many rare and endangered species. The area supports one of the largest dugong populations in the world and is an important breeding and feeding ground for whales and dolphins. Six of the world’s seven species of marine turtles can also be found there.

The Great Barrier Reef was inscribed as a World Heritage area in 1981 in recognition of its natural significance. It is the largest World Heritage area ever established. Under the World Heritage Convention, Australia has an international obligation to protect, conserve, present and transmit this magnificent area for all future generations. Explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef here

When the Banyan Tree Maldives Marine Lab officially opened its doors in early 2004, it became the first resort-based facility in the Maldives. The Marine Lab was designed to provide basic facilities and equipment for important fieldwork conducted by visiting expert scientists, as well as to share the necessity of marine conservation and sustainable livelihoods with local communities.

Due to the success in contributing to both the scientific body of knowledge, as well as the community’s understanding of the importance of environmental conservation, this model was recreated in late 2006 with the opening of the Banyan Tree Maldives Marine Lab, Velavaru and again in 2007 with the opening of the Banyan Tree Bintan Conservation Lab. Learn more about the valuable work undertaken in the Labs here.

We spoke with Banyan Tree's Group Director CSR Operations, David Campion about the company's latest projects. Download the interview here.

Dusit debuts Maldives

Scheduled to open in December 2011, Dusit Thani Maldives is the latest addition to Dusit International's string of luxury resorts. Located on Mudhdhoo Island in Baa Atoll, amidst white sandy beaches and encircled by a turquoise lagoon, the new resort is just 35 minutes from Malé by seaplane, and 10 minutes by speedboat from the new domestic airport. Download the fact sheet here

The Sandals Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, recently launched the Ocho Rios Marine Sanctuary as the result of a growing need for Marine Protected Areas in Jamaica.

Over the past thirty years, hurricanes, over fishing, pollution and increased sediment deposits have rendered the water unclean and less habitable for marine life. The Marine Protected Area in Ocho Rios is a great first step to help to increase the resilience of coral reefs and benefit fishermen as fish population increases and “overspill” into non-protected areas. For more information on the Sanctuary's objectives, click here.
DIY CoralWatch Kit

CoralWatch is a non-profit organisation built on a research project at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. They have developed an inexpensive, simple, non-invasive method for the monitoring of coral bleaching, and assessment of coral health. Download the CoralWatch Do It Yourself Kit here. Download the CoralWatch Do It Yourself Kit here.

Managing Environmental Impacts in the Marine Recreation Sector

Produced by The Coral Reef Alliance, this guide is designed for marine recreation providers seeking to understand and adopt environmental good practices. It can also be used as a tool by hoteliers, tour operators and cruise lines in selecting and managing suppliers based on sustainability criteria. Download here.