Outrigger Konotta Maldives builds environment-friendly OZONE Hut
Outrigger Konotta Maldives recently finished the‘OZONE hut’ as a planning hub for organizing their initiatives to preserve the environment.
The OZONE hut is a home grown initiative taken by the resort to raise awareness and preserve the island’s natural environment. Along with the resort’s existing eco-friendly causes, the main objective of the project is to create a platform where hosts from the island can organize the execution of their programs.
Most of the hut was built using empty glass bottles and other recyclable items like used plywood and dried thatch for the roofing. The building process had minimal impact on the environment due to materials such as dried thatch being extracted from locally available palm trees. The whole project’s work was labored by hosts of the island and took less than a month to complete.
The OZONE hut workspace will be used in order to organize environmental campaigns and host awareness presentations about the importance of preserving the natural habitat. With a focus on marine life preservation, Outrigger Konotta Maldives has set sustainable various initiatives in motion such as coral restoration project.
With the help of Caterina Fattori, marine biologist at Best Dives Konotta, the coral project at Outrigger Konotta Maldives has been running since December 2015. The structure made with recycled items, acts as a site for replanting coral fragments for future settles. Throughout 2016, the project has seen progress on the west side of the island, where the corals are planted under the water villa jetty. This allows guests to easily observe the vibrant wonders without getting in the water.
Overcoming the obstacles such as high tide and strong currents, the project presently deems successful. As a conclusion of a three-day training workshop for the resort’s and Best Dives Maldives’ staff, two more structures for the corals were sunk on the south west side of the island. Staff of Outrigger Konotta Maldives, Best Dives Maldives and guests have contributed in ensuring the initiative a major success. Since the launch of the project, guests at Outrigger Konotta are offered evening presentations to understand the more about the Coral restoration Project. These talks are scheduled on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the new Ozone Lounge.
Ever since the beginning of the coral restoration project, Outrigger Konotta has celebrated special environmental days such as Earth Day with the local school in Gadhdhoo, Gaafu atoll, International Plastic Bag Free Day, Shark Awareness Day and Padi Women’s Day. In addition, to celebrate Outrigger Resort Founder’s Day, they deployed an “O” frame with corals attached by coconut ropes. Finally, last December, the resort celebrated the “1st Konotta Regeneration Project Anniversary” with two events that included “Adopt a Coral” and Guests with the decoration of a temporary UW Xmas tree.