Villa resorts organised reef cleanups at the company’s properties to mark World Oceans Day on 8 June.
Debris and plastics were collected from the lagoons and reefs of the resort islands with guests invited to join in a collaborative effort with staff. The plastic was donated to Parley for the Oceans, an organisation fighting for environmental protection through recycling initiatives.
“Villa Hotels & Resorts recognise the crucial importance of taking care of the ocean and protecting the delicate coral reefs and marine life,” the company said. “A healthy ocean is a critical part of the solution to climate change and the environment crises that we face today.”
Through the cleanup events, Villa hoped to “raise awareness and pledge commitment to preserving the fragile marine environment for the future.”
Villa’s resorts are located in protected areas renowned for rich marine biodiversity with Sun Island Resort & Spa in the South Ari Marine Protected Area (SAMPA) and Royal Island Resort & Spa in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll.
The theme of this year’s World Oceans Day was ‘Revitalisation and Collective Action’ with a focus to protect at least 30% of the planet by 2030. As part of its conservation efforts, Villa joined the worldwide movement for the protection of the ocean by supporting the 30×30 nature petition to help protect 30% of the planet’s land and ocean by 2030.
To show your support and find out more information, visit the Campaign for Nature website.