The certification confirms that the resort has participated in Green Fins training on environmentally friendly diving and snorkelling, and has undergone an assessment of compliance with the Green Fins Code of Conduct.
Green Fins is a programme of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Reef-World Foundation and is managed in Maldives by a national team led by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Ministry of Environment and Energy.
“Environmental protection has always been a main policy of Centara in Maldives,” says Voytek Klasicki, the resort’s general manager, and area manager for Centara in Maldives.
“Centara Grand Island was our first Maldives resort, and our first overseas property. We now have two resorts in Maldives and will shortly be opening a third. We have rigorously applied our conservation policies to all three properties.
“We are therefore delighted to be receiving the Green Fins certification, and special congratulations go to the dive specialists at our PADI dive centre on the island.”
The certification was jointly presented by Jerker Tamelander, head of the Coral Reef Unit at the Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems Branch of the UNEP, and Ibrahim Naeem, director general of the Environmental Protection Agency at the Ministry of Environment and Energy.
Maldives is amongst the world’s premier scuba diving destinations, with an abundance of white sand beaches, coral reefs and clear warm waters, and many visitors to the islands are there specifically for the scuba diving and snorkelling.
“We have our own house reef and dedicated shipwreck, and this forms one of our outstanding attractions,” says Mr Klasicki.
“We tend the reef very carefully and have this year embarked upon a programme to grow new coral in our lagoon to replace the coral on the reef that has died.”
Green Fins promotes environmental stewardship within the diving and snorkelling industry by providing incentives and guidance for businesses to comply with environmental standards. Green Fins believes that while diving does present a risk to the environment, if it is done responsibly it is an extremely powerful tool for environmental protection by educating and raising awareness to marine conservation.
Along with Maldives, the organisation is also active in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
Centara Grand Island Resort & Spa Maldives is located in the South Ari Atoll, and is a five-star property offering the ultimate in barefoot luxury along with a range of activities that appeal to couples and families. The resort, which has 112 suites and villas, is within easy distance of the top dive spots in Maldives.