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Ocean Stewardship

Stewardship of the oceans was a major theme of the 2013 SLOW LIFE Symposium.

Our focus is on clean oceans – looking at how we can better manage waste from our own resorts and from neighbouring resorts and local islands – and healthy oceans which is about better monitoring of our reefs and the marine reserve in the Baa Atoll in the Maldives, and also our fish sourcing policies.

In 2014 we ran a Learn To Swim programme in the Maldives to put locals in touch with the sea. 43 children and 17 mothers from neighbouring island Eydhafushi participated in the intensive two-week programme. Alongside, we worked with Jon Bowermaster on his film Sink or Swim which can be used to expand the reach of this programme.

In 2015 we are expanding the Learn To Swim programme to teach Grade 3 child across the islands of Baa Atoll to swim. Eight instructors have been trained by the Maldivian Lifeguard Association and our programme will reach up to 180 Grade 3 children across the atoll.

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