Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Islands of Sustainability in the Indian Ocean

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Islands of Sustainability in the Indian Ocean
January 10, 2017 Bradley Cox

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi, Maldives has once again met the strict requirements set by Green Globe, the global certification for sustainable tourism.

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi continues to review practices and procedures in a continued effort to drive sustainability. An example of a successful initiative is our program to significantly increase the usage of local produce. The resort has partnered with a neighbouring island which is used for subsistence farming and have successfully grown watermelons, papayas, eggplants, butternuts, pumpkins, sweet melons, lemon grass, lettuce and cucumbers. The current volume is adequate for the resort’s needs, and plans are in place to expand the cultivation of fresh produce to other neighbouring islands in the future.

David Stepetic, General Manager, said: “We are delighted to have been certified by Green Globe for a second year in a row. The endeavours to make a positive impact on both environment and community have been recognized. Our effort to deliver the message of sustainable tourism has ensured that our suppliers and satisfied guests are also engaged. Our social responsibility allows us to build deeper connections with people, communities and the environment. This is a tribute to our colleagues who have worked hard throughout the year to achieve this certification. I am very proud of the team.”

Environmentally friendly features at the resort include a mineral enrichment water bottling plant which converts seawater into drinking water by reverse osmosis. This is available still or sparkling in reusable glass bottles, which saves approximately 100,000 plastic bottles per year. In addition, water at the resort is heated by heat recovery from the generator operations.

Other Corporate Social Responsibility initiates include conservation and preservation presentations by the resident marine biologist. Topics include discussions on the fragile coral reef environment, the adverse effects of the 2016 El Niňo and efforts to reverse these consequences through a Coral Regeneration Programme. Resort colleagues also visit surrounding islands to donate essential equipment to schools and other institutions.

To preserve the marine ecosystem, all the resort’s fishing excursions comply with the Maldivian law that enforces sustainable fishing. Commercial fishing in the Maldives is done by lines only which ensures that the fish are harvested at a sustainable rate, and the fish population does not decline over time. It also prevents the use of large fishing nets that often capture other marine life such as turtles and dolphins.

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi is proud to work with local suppliers to reduce environmental impacts of importing goods and also improves social and ethical practices. Read more about the resort’s  Sustainability Management Plan and Environmental Policy.

Contact:

Jumeirah Dhevanafushi
Meradhoo Island
Gaafu Alifu Atoll
Republic of Maldives
Tel: +960 682 8800
Email:  JDMreservations@jumeirah.com