Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives awarded its first Green Globe Certification
Green Globe is one of the most prestigious certification and Performance Improvement Programme specifically designed for the travel and tourism industry. This certification rewards hotels who opted for an approach aiming to improve the environmental and social management of their activities and relying on values such as good governance, human rights, transparency, independent audits, respect of cultures and ethics in human resource management and in their operations.
The idyllic Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives received its first prestigious Green Globe Certification this year, being recognised for the commitment to operating at the world’s highest environmental standards.
The resort has been managed in a sustainable manner from its inception, and considerable steps have been taken to minimise the impact that operating the resort has on the environment. Thus, being awarded this certification designed specifically for the travel and tourism industry pronounces the commitment and the passion for sustainability as the main pillars of the resort to date. Protecting the desirable destination we belong to is of utmost importance to every one more so as Maldives stands at the frontline of the climate change battle being the 3rd most endangered destination to visit in the world. The perseverance to retain the beauty and the natural habitat of the spectacular marine wildlife of this small island-nation is paramount. It therefore will always be the most significant aspect the staff at the resort endeavour to help. Each team member is armed with the necessary training and education on the resort’s environmental practices, policies and objectives to become a guardian of nature; a task they do with compassion and eagerness. The resort also established a dedicated green team whose function is to oversee the implementation of the green globe standards, which was appraised by the Green globe ambassadors.
Few of the highlights and initiatives that are embraced by the resort with pride under its Sustainability Management Plan include:
An ongoing plan to reduce the use of single-use plastics at the resort.
- A food waste composter has been installed but is currently under further alteration. When fully operational it will recycle approximately 200 kg of the resort’s food waste per day.
- The resort increases awareness of its guests and staff towards ecological and sustainability issues in a number of ways.
- The resort is in the process of reducing its environmental impact further in implementing a sustainable local seafood initiative that will see the current supplies of reef fish replaced with fast-growing oceanic species less vulnerable to being overfished.
- In 2020, they forecast to install solar panels in the back-of-house area to provide an additional 900 KWH of renewable electricity for use in resort operations, and infrastructure to capture rainwater from roofing for use in the resort operations will also be installed.
“At Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives, we are pursuing our commitment towards Environmental Management System and efforts towards Sustainable Tourism, more to be announced gradually, as soon as we lay down practices and projects in pipeline enhancing green and eco driven initiatives for everyone’s benefit," Raffaele Solferino commented, General Manager of Grand Park Kodhipparu, Maldives.