Protect Maldives Seagrass
May, 16 2019
As part of our dedication to protect and nurture our rich marine life, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is delighted to join the nationwide Protect Maldives Seagrass campaign. Lying in the stunning southern waters of Baa Atoll, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu is proud to pledge to protect 100% of the 34,000m² seagrass meadow growing within the resort’s boundaries.
Seagrass is the unsung hero of the Maldivian marine ecosystem. It prevents beach erosion, fights climate change by absorbing carbon dioxide, and supports fisheries by providing a sanctuary for juvenile coral reef fish. Notably, seagrass is also the primary food source of green sea turtles, a critically endangered sub-species of sea turtles. Despite being one of the most valuable ecosystems on the planet, seagrass is considered unsightly, and is often deliberately removed.
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu’s vast seagrass meadow can feed and shelter up to 60 green turtles. Our resort island has been a nesting site for green turtles for over two decades, and, with our partnership with the Olive Ridley Project, we opened the first and only sea turtle rescue centre in the Maldives with a qualified veterinarian. Our rescue centre is fully-equipped with surgical and diagnostic facilities, and since its establishment in 2017, we have successfully rescued, rehabilitated, and released 40 turtles.
Coco Collection’s support of the Protect Maldives Seagrass campaign is a continuation of our commitment to sustainable hospitality and conservation of marine life. The Protect Maldives Seagrass campaign, launched on World Seagrass Day on 1st of March, brought together resorts, international advocacy and conservation groups such as Greenpeace and Manta Trust, all advocating for its protection.
Help us to #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass