Maldives is all about the ocean; in fact the archipelago was formed by corals, and the local people were fed by the productive marine system for millennia. The marine environment together with tourism brought profit to the Maldives. Here at Gili Lankanfushi we do understand that, and we pay a lot of attention to this stunning environment. Since January 2012 we have employed a resident marine biologist on the island, and since 2014, an Assistant Marine Biologist joined the team to expand our reach. In 2018, we now employ an intern and train them in all things marine and have a helping hand for our growing project base! We manage Gili’s coral reef, spread environmental awareness, improve our guest experiences, link the resort with national environmental programmes and advise management on any ecological issues.
We monitor the reefs surrounding Gili Lankanfushi with an aim to protect them. We use a variety of methods to track changes on the reef, so that we might determine why changes occur, which will hopefully enable us to inform management and initiate positive changes.
With the help of the diving team, we are keeping a daily record of the shark and turtle species that they see, as well as documenting Manta ray sightings and behaviour. This data is reported to Marine Research Centre, and Manta Trust to help with the various projects. We also collect vital information on ghost gear and are currently working on a project sampling DNA from entangled Olive Ridley sea turtles for the Olive Ridley Project.
We offer presentations twice a week about mantas and turtles at Gili Veshi.
Certain trips include private talks on different subjects (Corals, Fish, Sharks, Cetaceans and Invertebrates).
“Dive Against Debris” programme; the first Thursday of every month, together with Ocean Paradise team, we host a complimentary SCUBA and snorkel reef cleaning activity both for our guests and hosts.
Our Marine Biologists have developed a 2.5hour compulsory ‘Sustainable Living’ training session for our hosts, teaching them the importance of saving water, energy, and the environment! So far, 97% of hosts are trained!
As a Silver Benchmarked property, we are striving to achieve international best practice in terms of island sustainability. It is our job to collect data from around the resort to ensure we are improving, measured by way of annual benchmarking assessments. We are also developing various policies, an environmental monitoring system, and a sustainability action plan to keep us on the path to sustainability. In 2018, we hope to continue our Silver Certification!