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Responsible tourism: Angsana luxury beach resort Maldives

Environment

Angsana Velavaru's marine lab's main focus is on coral restoration. Last year alone we planted over 4000 corals which aid fish communities and supply food for the local islands. We also survey 8 sites in Dhaalu atoll every year looking at the benthic and fish community composition to see which areas need more conservation work. Last but not least, we are also starting shark conservation and turtle identification projects in April this year.

In 2018 we made a pledge to eliminate single use plastics from our resort. Angsana Velavaru is part of Earth Check and each year we aim to reduce our energy consumption and become the best practice in the Maldives.

Each year we mark 4 main events: Earth Hour, Earth Day, World Coastal Cleanup day and World Tourism Day. All events engage guests, associates and press with the local communities and raise awareness for 21st century issues.

We locally source a material called Cajan for thatched roofs of all our land villas. We replace the roofs regularly. It provides income to the local ladies in the island of Meedhoo. Since local islands have been deprived of lush greenery due to deforestation, we supply them with dry palm leaves at no costs.

We are currently working with all our suppliers to ensure all health and safety standards are met and wages are equal or above minimum wage.

Community

The resort organises guided daily trips to local islands where guests can engage with local community, visit schools, religious centers and local restaurants.

Last year we launched the plastic campaign where our CSR committee traveled to local islands and gave a presentation on single use plastic, the environmental impact it causes to our ecosystem and solutions of how to reduce and eliminate it. Alongside the plastic campaign, Angsana Velavaru also raises awareness for climate change, poverty and hunger. Each month we gather our associates and guests and travel to neighbouring islands for coastal clean-ups. In 2018 we have recycled 12 tons of plastic waste.

We fund local schools and help them refurbish the classrooms, supply new teaching materials and generate a heathy work environment. We also helped to build houses after the 2004 tsunami which devastated the local villages. In addition we provided funds and manning to build a farm on the neighbouring abandoned island to supply food during the critical year. The farm is still in operations.

We believe in developing local capacity and we employ around 65% of the locals. Every Friday there are traditional boduberu performances at the main bar (music, singing and dancing).

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