Six Senses Laamu to Host First Annual Water/Wo/Men Event

Maldives Promotion House – Six Senses Maldives is once again bringing together artists, athletes and conservationists from all over the world in its fight to preserve nature. Along with the most popular names in water sports and marine conservation will be Hollywood stars Daryl Hannah and Kate Bosworth, British singer Beth Orton and Foo Fighters keyboard player Rami Jaffee. This remarkable event will be aimed at raising funds for UNESCO through the Blue Marine Foundation.

Six Senses, the resort industry leader in sustainable development, in partnership with +H20, will host the first Six Senses Water/Wo/Men event between 30th September and 4th October at its Six Senses Laamu resort in the Maldives. +H20 is a platform for water awareness that brings together a community of athletes, conservationists, non-profits and corporations to create purposeful solutions that facilitate positive change on a local to global scale.

Water/Wo/Men, from iconic surfers Bethany Hamilton and Layne Beachley, to windsurfers Levi Siver and Keith Teboul, kite surfers Mark Shinn and Alex Caizergues, free diver Anna von Boetticher and extreme wakeboarder Duncan Zuur will offer water sports clinics to Six Senses Laamu guests. Conservationists will lead dialogues and debates on the most pressing marine and drinking water issues facing our planet today, while chefs keep everyone sustained with ethically sourced gourmet food, enjoyed with the sustainable wines from Australia’s Margaret River region.

Conservationists will present environmental workshops and debates, including ‘Giving the Oceans A Voice’ moderated by recognized biologist and oceanographer Dr. Callum Roberts and featuring National Geographic Explorer Jon Bowermaster and Fabien Cousteau, the aquatic filmmaker and Founder of Plant A Fish. ‘Marine Reserves: A Panacea For the Ocean?’ will also be presented with Mitali Kakur, Indian marine conservationist and featuring Carl Gustaf Lundin, Director of Global Marine Programme, International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Chris Gorell Barnes, Executive Producer of End of the Line. Last but not least will be ‘Water as a Human Right’ Dr. Jacqueline Chan and Averill Strasser, co-founders of Water Charity.

Bollywood Producer Shekhar Kapur, German actress Michaela Merten, a yet unnamed French actress and more will also be dropping by.

Proceeds from this event will go to three key marine charities: Water Charity, Plant a Fish and Blue Marine Foundation. Blue Marine Foundation will place the proceeds from this event into the Baa Atoll Conservation Fund to manage the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

“Global industrial growth, most of it very far away, has brought the Maldives to the frontline in the battle against rising sea levels. What happens to the Maldives and its 400,000 inhabitants may foretell the future of coastal regions around the globe. That is why events such as Watermen are so vital,” the Chairman and Founder of Six Senses, Sonu Shivdasani said.

From this year forward, Six Senses Water/Wo/Men will offer an innovative, meaningful opportunity to play in the Indian Ocean among living legends while taking part in a unique part to move our global community – in the words of Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed and Time magazine Hero of the Environment – “from apathy to action.”

This timely gathering will take place at the new Six Senses Laamu, the only resort in remote Laamu Atoll, 150 kilometres north of the equator and famed for its ultrafine soft sand. Laamu’s ninety-seven responsibly luxurious villas sit back on the beach nestled among the lush indigenous vegetation or over the clear turquoise lagoon. Each offers complete privacy along with Six Senses signature creature comforts. Using local, sustainable materials allowed Six Senses to make only the lightest footprint on this otherwise untouched paradise.

Word has already spread around the world, luring passionate legends and world leaders in conservation to become Six Senses Water/Wo/Men.

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