Equator Village joins Protect Maldives Seagrass campaign

Equator Village has joined the nationwide Protect Maldives Seagrass campaign.

Equator Village has pledged to protect 100 per cent of the 7,600 sqm seagrass meadow growing within the hotel’s boundaries.

“A lot of divers come here and they have noticed that having seagrass gives fish a home; you see fish, you see turtles. After seeing these, guests feel satisfied,” Mohamed Waheed, the Resident Manager at Equator Village, said.

Equator Village joins the #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass campaign

We are pleased to announce that Equator Village has joined the #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass campaign, pledging to protect 100% of seagrass within their hotel boundary, which is approximately 7,600 square meters!Here is a video of their Resident Manager, Mohamed Waheed sharing the positive experience they have had with seagrass.#protectmaldivesseagrass #WorldEnvironmentDay2019 Maldives Underwater Initiative Ministry of Tourism – Republic of Maldives

Posted by The Maldives Resilient Reefs Project on Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Located in Gan island in the southernmost atoll of Addu, Equator Village enjoys a quiet, beach-side location and is just five minutes’ drive from Gan International Airport. The resort, owned and operated by local resort chain Kaimoo Hotels, is popular with holidaymakers, flight crew, and transit passengers alike.

The colonial style resort, housed in what was once the British RAF Sergeant’s Mess, has 78 rooms set amongst pretty, English flower gardens. Recent refurbishments to the swimming pool, spa, and gym, as well as restaurant, bar, and reception has given the resort a fresh new look.

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.

The Protect Maldives Seagrass campaign, launched on World Seagrass Day on March 1, brought together resorts, international advocacy and conservation groups such as Blue Marine Foundation, Greenpeace and Manta Trust, all advocating for its protection.

Learn more about the campaign at www.protectmaldivesseagrass.com and show your support for the campaign on social media by using the hashtag #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass.

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