The Maldives is a nation that’s promoting sustainable tourism and implementing measures that help preserve the local environment; here’s more on what you need to know.
A Very Real Threat
The consequences of climate change pose a very real threat to the Maldives. One of the effects of global warming and the increase of temperatures is the rise of sea levels which directly impacts this Indian Ocean nation made up of low-lying islands; with an average ground-level elevation that stands at 1.5 metres, the erosion of the shoreline as well as flooding are amongst the issues of concern.
Facing this threat, the government has not remained passive and has committed to making the Maldives carbon-neutral by 2030. The parliament also passed the Climate Emergency Bill to counter the threat caused by rising sea levels, while renewable energy initiatives including wind and solar power projects are being supported. In a positive sign for the Maldives, eco friendly resort properties have been getting involved too.
Resorts & Sustainable Tourism
Certain Green Globe-certified private resorts such as Grand Park Kodhipparu have a specific environmental policy and sustainability management strategy and are lending a helping hand.
Initiatives include the launch of a solar power system that produces clean and renewable energy and leads to lower carbon emissions. An ideal choice for eco-conscious travellers, such properties also focus on recycling and upcycling, reducing single-plastic use, marine conservation and cultivating organic herb gardens.
What You Can Do
Being a responsible traveller is another way to support sustainable tourism in Maldives. Apart from staying at a resort with green initiatives, one should look to use eco-friendly products including reef-safe sunscreen that won’t harm the marine ecosystem. Additionally, reduce the use of plastic, don’t throw any refuse into the ocean, never break coral, or disturb marine life, and look to buy directly from those engaged in making local products.