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The Coral Project – A Commitment by Six Senses Ninh Van Bay

June 28, 2013 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

Underwater_diving_at_ssnvb_lrSix Senses Ninh Van Bay is a prime example of the Six Senses’ commitment to create award-winning and exceptional guest experiences in places of incredible natural beauty.

Each Six Senses resort has been placed in a unique environment in harmony with nature and with its own highlights. One of the highlights at Ninh Van Bay is its biodiversity, with its own coral reef within the sand fringed bay.

With this commitment, comes the responsibility for Six Senses Ninh Van Bay to fine tune and maintain its methods of sustainability and reduce any environmental impact that may attributed to the operation, protecting and preserving this highly sensitive ecosystem for the future and for our guests. To augment this, Six Senses Ninh Van Bay has entered a partnership with two very experienced marine biologists from the Netherlands.

Mr. Thomas Swierts and Ms. Selma Ubels are both Bachelors of Sciences in Marine Biology, from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, and are currently working on their master thesis of science, where Selma focuses on environmental biology and Thomas on the sustainability, diversity and protection of coral reefs. Both have participated in various fieldwork and research projects around the globe from Indonesia to South America. They combine the latest scientific knowledge, technology, and proven skills gained over their numerous years of experience in the field.Marine_Biologists_lr

The coral project at Ninh Van Bay will comprise several stages.

The initial project in early 2013, established a swimming and snorkeling pathway through the reef, and created an inventory of our marine life – both fish and corals. The marine biologists are also training the resort team on the aquatic flora and fauna, which will enable our hosts to make responsible snorkeling trips inside the bay for our guests.

The resort is simultaneously developing environmental awareness for our guests and hosts to conserve these areas of natural beauty. The biologists are creating a strategy for the future of our reef and how it will evolve over the next 3-5 years, providing guidelines on how to keep the reef healthy and preserved.

The second stage will be even more active, with direct involvement to preserve and restore the coral reef. Guests will be able to actually adopt their own coral patch, where they re-attach broken shards of living coral to natural frameworks adjacent to the natural reef; a similar concept as to planting a personal tree. This stage is currently in the development process using background knowledge about the bay and reef conditions, which has been gathered in the first step.

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