DoubleTree Resort & Spa by Hilton Hotel Seychelles – Allamanda launches Coral Reef Restoration Programme
DoubleTree Resort & Spa by Hilton Hotel Seychelles – Allamanda aims to preserve, protect and restore coral
March 2018…// DoubleTree Resort & Spa by Hilton Hotel Seychelles – Allamanda has officially opened a conservation programme to preserve, protect and restore the coral reef on the Anse Forbans coastline. Allamanda is the first resort on the island to take steps to protect and preserve the environment in this manner, having been negatively impacted by several major eco-disasters including climate change, the 2004 tsunami and the huge global bleaching event of 2016. The degradation of the coral has a far-reaching effect on the biodiversity of the Seychelles, which itself has shown knock-on consequences on local communities who rely on the area for fishing and food. The long-term goal of the programme is to enhance reef resilience and ensure that coral can cope with future conditions.
Working in collaboration with The Anse Forbans Conservation Community Programme and the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles, Allamanda has introduced a reef restoration programme of ‘coral gardening’, which guests and locals alike can be involved with. The hotel will conduct a presentation of the project each Wednesday with updates, and participants in the adoption programme will be awarded a certificate, photographs and the GPS coordinates of the coral they have helped restore. A two-step process, this community-driven project’s goal is to rehabilitate the Anse Forbans reef with two restoration strategies.
The first step comprises of land-based nurseries at Allamanda, built into to two large coral tanks which are monitored to guarantee optimal survival and growth of the coral, and providing a sheltered environment to farm small fragments. These tanks are on display for visitors and tourists to see, providing an excellent education tool in raising awareness of reef conservation.
The second strategy involves ocean-based nurseries where coral is farmed in underwater structures in the St-Anne Marine Park. The fragments are grown to a suitable size and then transplanted onto damaged reefs areas. Once they are settled, the growth of coral colonies remaining on the reef will increase, as will the biodiversity and the structural complexity of the area. Coral colonies will also provide larvae that will recruit on the reef once they have reached their sexual maturity.
The aim of the project is to enhance the resilience of the coral, and with the nursery transplants to spread resistant genotypes enhancing the stability of the restored areas. Doubletree Resort & Spa by Hilton Seychelles hopes to set a precedent in reef restoration, to encourage other hoteliers to implement the innovative tool and to raise awareness of reef degradation worldwide.
Prices at DoubleTree Resort & Spa by Hilton Hotel Seychelles – Allamanda start from €300/ £263* in a King Deluxe Room with Ocean View per night on a B&B basis.