Six Senses Laamu, in partnership with Blue Marine Foundation, has been globally recognized with Gold Award for Wildlife and Nature Conservation at World Travel Market’s (WTM) Responsible Tourism Awards.
“As well as being a luxury resort, Six Senses Lamu hosts the Maldives Underwater Initiative, with a staffed of marine biologists and local NGO scientists. Recently they have been campaigning to protect seagrass in the Maldives, which many resorts clear away because it is considered unattractive.” Reads the description of the Gold Award Winner, Six Senses Laamu on WTM’s website.
The #ProtectMaldivesSeagrass campaign which won the award was jointly commenced by Six Senses Laamu’s Maldives Underwater Initiative and Blue Marine Foundation’s Resilient Reefs Project with the purpose of changing the perspective of seagrass in the Maldives tourism industry.
As a result of the campaign one-quarter of resorts in the Maldives pledged to protect over 655,000sqm of seagrass, which is the equivalent of 90 football fields. Moreover, Maldives’ tourism ministry endorsed the campaign, illustrating that seagrass and tourism can coexist.