The environmentally conscious luxury group of hotels was identified as the top submitter for new sightings of Manta Rays, and as the second highest submitter for overall sightings to the Manta Trust. The group also submitted the second highest number of sightings of sea turtles to the Maldives Identification Program.
In 2013, Coco Collection’s Resident Marine Biologist, Chiara Fumagalli at Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu contributed details of 24 new Manta sightings and 93 Manta sightings to the Maldives Identification Project. The broadening of the Manta ecology database allows the project to estimate the size and structure of the Manta Ray population in the region. During the last 12 months Chiara, with the help of associates, reported 159 sightings to the program.
“I am delighted that our efforts to contribute to these projects have been recognised by Manta Trust and the Maldives Turtle Identifications Programme. Guests and associates at Coco Bodu Hithi and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu are very committed towards conserving these beautiful creatures and are always keen to support such causes. Getting a chance to snorkel with a charismatic Hawksbill Turtle or dive with a graceful Reef Manta Ray is an unforgettable experience for guests at Coco Collection’s resorts and we will carry on supporting these projects which have become very dear to our hearts,” said Chiara Fumagalli, Resident Marine Biologist at Coco Collection.
The Maldives Turtle Identification Program aims to protect turtle nests and rehabilitate injured turtles, in turn leading to the conservation of the creatures.
Coco Collection has also been recognised for its sustainable approach to hospitality by EarthCheck. Coco Bodu Hithi has received EarthCheck Bronze certification, and Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu has received EarthCheck Silver certification.
Coco Collection aim to include new conservation projects working towards the conservation other endangered species in the future.