For the last five years, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts has set out to save the coral reefs and create a tidal wave of global change as part of its OZONE conservation initiative. Pollution and mass bleaching impact the world’s oceans, putting coral at risk. Outrigger’s ZONE (OZONE) goes into action each day by educating guests with hands-on activities. They promote green initiatives and organize volunteer local projects; all of these support coral conservation and protect the well-being of ocean environments.
This June, as part of World Oceans Month, Outrigger properties worldwide are rolling out a new “Living Coral” cocktail programme; it’s inspired by the 2019 PANTONE Colour of the Year. Proceeds will benefit coral health and resilience on a global and local level.
Cocktails and Conservation
Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort has created the Crystal Rock with the chef’s secret ‘edible coral’, and Orange Crush with caramelized orange on top. Both cocktails will be available at the Bar until the end of the year; 10% of the proceeds will goes to Reef Conservation, a local NGO that ties back to the OZONE mission.
In addition to enjoying coral-conscious cocktails by the beach, Outrigger invites guests and the local community to get in the OZONE. To generate awareness and educate for the cause, on 7th June guests and the children aged 7 to 12 years old from ‘Atelier de Formation Joie de Vivre’, a local NGO, came along for a fun educative session on the Protection of the Marine Environment.
The organisations Reef Conservation and ‘Bis Lamer’ (“bus of the sea” in Creole) were present on this special day to educate on these themes:
- Discovery of the coastal and marine environment of Mauritius
- What are ecosystem services? How conserved ecosystems, especially wetlands, mangroves, sea grass beds and coral reefs, help us to be more resilient to natural calamities
- Discovering plankton and their importance
- Our impacts on the marine ecosystem and how to reduce these impacts
- What is climate change, and how it is affecting an island like Mauritius
From 10:00 – 15:00 some activities (Interactive and Magnetic board, water filtration, coral reefs made with craft paper) were organised for the kids.
The team from Reef Conversation also gave a brief speech about climate change and impact on the corals; they eaxplained how each and every one of us can make a difference.
All the kids were invited for a nice lunch on that day.
Outrigger Mauritius is continuously supporting Reef Conservation by funding various projects as well as ‘Atelier de Formation Joie de Vivre’ by providing breakfast and lunch daily to 54 kids aged from 7 to 15 years old attending school at Joie de Vivre.