Jumeirah Navigating a Sustainable Sea of Change
01 June 2017
Jumeirah Vittaveli, with its
collection of luxurious hotel suites and over-sea villas, is located a short
boat ride South-West of the capital Male. The resort has been Green Globe
certified since 2015 and has once again been recognised for its sustainable
management and operations.
The Maldives is one
the most exotic and fragile tropical destinations on the planet. This nation is
a string of atolls sitting on top of an undersea mountain range that rises from
the ocean floor to just a couple of metres above the waves of the Indian Ocean.
In recent times, tourism has moved alongside fishing as one of the main
economic drivers, and beautiful resorts are dotted across the Maldives
resort’s 2017 re-certification, Jumeirah Vittaveli General Manager Amit
Majumder said the team is dedicated to activities implemented since opening in
2011 and have donated their time and energy to many CSR outreach programmes
such as regular island and reef cleaning sessions which are hosted together
“As a globally
recognized organisation, the certification by Green Globe validates our efforts
when it comes to environmental initiatives. We aim to build a better future not
only for our guests who consider this island their home away from home, but
also for our colleagues for whom Jumeirah Vittaveli is their actual home,” said
General Manager Majumder.
He added that the
resort has installed new water dispensers and distributed free reusable water
bottles to colleagues so the resort can move closer to being a plastic bottle
free island in the near future.
“The addition of a
resident Marine Biologist to our team has added educational and fun activities
to our guest programme with the Junior Coral programme at the Kuda Koli Kids
Club, and the Vittaveli Coral Restoration project,” added General Manager
Vittaveli’s Green Team has been active for a number of years, bringing
sustainable innovations to their island home. In 2013 a water bottling plant
was installed, providing mineralized drinking water to guests and colleagues
and saving 70,000 plastic water bottles per year.
is well known for its superb marine environment and is dedicated to conserving
this precious natural resource. The resort’s resident Marine Biologist surveys
the local reefs and works on planting coral frames to support natural growth
and counter-act the El Nino effect that leads to bleaching and coral dieback.
Weekly reef biology presentations are also held for the education and enjoyment
of resort guests. Topics include understanding the fragile coral reef
environment in the Maldives, adverse effects of El Nino and the Coral
Restoration programme. Children attending the Kids Club are also introduced to
the basics of marine science, with a dedicated Junior Coral Rangers programme
where fun activities educate on environmental protection.
Programmes are a key part of Jumeirah Vittaveli’s sustainability management
plan. In collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) the
resort is working on several initiatives including the possibility to build a
holding station on the resort to receive injured turtles and then arrange
onwards transfer to a full rescue centre with a veterinarian on site.
Jumeirah Vittaveli also connect with island communities in their area with
initiatives planned by the BOLI Committee (Building Our Lives Innovatively).
Resort colleagues regularly visit surrounding islands for community outreach
programmes and donation of essential equipment to schools, hospitals in Malé
and children’s homes. Recently a permanent collaboration was established with
the Children’s Autism Centre in Hulhumale, an island next to the capital city