At our hotels and resorts across the Indian Ocean we have been celebrating World Environment Day.
Constance Tsarabanjina, Madagascar
World Environment Day, which this year fell on 5 June, is a global initiative created by the UN to raise awareness through a day of positive environmental action and individual participation.
Staff at Constance Hotels and Resorts have joined in the fun with a number of environmental activities for staff and guests including lagoon cleaning, special World Environment Day menus and renovating a path at a local school.
Here’s a look at some of the things we’ve been doing this year:
Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius
- Endemic Tree planting
- The launch of a college environment project competition
- From 5-8 June guests can enjoy a special ‘tropical grated coconut scrub’ at the spa
- A special World Environment Day menu at Heritage Restaurant
- On 8 June an island cleaning project in partnership with Association Civique de Palmar
Barracudas in the Indian Ocean
Constance Halaveli, Maldives
- Lagoon cleaning
- Tree planting
- A tour for guests of our back-of-house with assistant resident engineer who explained our energy production and consumption
- On 7 June we will be going to the local island of Ukulhas to help with island cleaning.
Constance Moofushi, Maldives
- Coconut tree planting
- Island cleaning
- Reef cleaning
Constance Ephélia, Seychelles
- Clean up and conservation of the resort’s mangrove area
- An art exhibition by local painters with music by local bands on Port Launay Beach
- From 1-10 June guests can enjoy a special World Environment Detox Spa Retreat
Idyllic location: Constance Ephélia, Seychelles
- Tree planting including red and blue coconut as well as coastal flora
- Special events for kids at the Constance Kids Club
- Local food, drink, dance and crafts celebrated at Seselwa Restaurant
Constance Lémuria, Seychelles
- A video and talk about our coral restoration program at Legend Bar
- We helped a local state primary school renovate their path, with tree planting planned for the future
- We gave the school information about our coral regeneration project and turtle nesting so that they can share it with the students
Each year we are proud to be part of the global celebrations for World Environment Day, and this year was no different.
Turtles at Constance Lemuria
With the theme of Think.Eat.Save, everyone has been encouraged to take action at home and to witness the power of collective decisions we make to help reduce food waste, save money, minimise the environmental impact of food production and force food production processes to become more efficient.
Here’s a look at how we took part in this global day of action at each of our hotels.
- In the morning: Tour of the island with guests for cleaning our magic island
- In the afternoon: fishing in the Malagasy way. Malagasy use small fishing boats called Pirogue to fish. At Tsarabanjina, we organized a fishing excursion
- For dinner: candle lit dinner using: Tsarabanjina spices, Mitsio fish and Nosy be vegetables and rice
Constance Belle Mare Plage
- Supporting a local school for disabled children, Joie de Vivre, we are actively involved in activities to support this school based in Poste de Flacq
- Tree planting, and maintenance including painting, electrical & plumbing
- Mini-reportage on the flora that exists at the CBMP
Constance Ephelia, Seychelles
We run a programme to raise awareness with our guests and staff about the different plants within the hotel, their history in Mauritius and how it creates a unique environment at the hotel.
- Bio-menu for hotel staff at L’Heritage Restaurant
- Expo on taking care of sea turtles at L’Heritage Restaurant by the Blues Diving
- Saturday 8 June – Lagoon cleaning at Belle Mare, in collaboration with Blues Diving
- Ros Lapa Walk and tree planting with our recreation team
- Mangrove Walk & Talk activity, followed by refreshments including coconut water, local banana and breadfruit chips
- A special health/organic dinner at Helios Restaurant.
- Special activities with our youngest guests at our Kids Club
- Planting trees in the Kids Club and other eco-fun activities with children
- Eco Breakfast with healthy organic food
- Tree planting… expressing our appreciation of Nature
- Donation event for a social sustainable cause
- Visit by the Minister of the Environment of the Seychelles who took part in a tree planting ceremony to launch the World Environment Day festivities
Whaleshark, Constance Halaveli, Maldives
- Special Yoga Session customised to Constance Environmental Thinking and Well Being
- Planting of Herb Garden among guests and personnel
- Cooking class focused on portion size and waste control by the Executive Chef
- Planting 50 Palm Trees on Alikoi, our private island
- Setting up of three new coral cages
- Drawing competition among children at the Kid’s Club
- Lecture on Environmental Safety in regards to Marine Life at the diving centre, and later, lagoon cleaning with the hotel’s personnel
- Zero carbon/raw food menu – highlighting the local ingredients and the main course cooked on a BBQ over dried coconut shells (all ingredients locally purchased and no energy used to cook)
- South Ari Atoll begins own Coral Planting Programme
Constance Moofushi Maldives has initiated a coral planting. The main purpose of the activity is to restore the health of the marine life on their surrounding reef, in particular, our very important dive sites. The reef has suffered from the natural effects. Trampling on corals and over exploitation of marine resources has also taken its toll on the declining health of the reef.
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This week at Constance Ephélia and Constance Lémuria we are proud to be part of the global celebrations for World Environment Day on 5 June 2013.
Baby turtles make their way to the water
Eco-tourism has always been important to us and to mark this special day we have developed a programme of events exploring the precious natural resources that surround us in the Seychelles.
Minister of the Environment visits Lémuria
To help us celebrate we are pleased to welcome the Minister of the Environment who is visiting Lémuria and will take part in a tree planting ceremony to launch our World Environment Day festivities.
World Environment Day events at Ephélia
- Tree planting
- Nature walks
- A special promotion at Spa de Constance including a natural detox using a coffee scrub and lemon grass oil massage and an aloe vera relaxing experience with body massage and facial
- An organic dinner at Helios Restaurant
- Exciting kids activities such as a zip line through the forest, a mangrove walk and exploring the island by kayak and pedalo
Zip wires at Constance Ephelia
World Environment Day at Lémuria
- A bio breakfast
- A tree planting ceremony
- Special ‘green’ cocktails
- A chef’s garden dinner
- A range of nature activities for kids including an age appropriate workshops on trees and deforestation, leaf drawing and an exploration of the island walk/ride
Protecting the local environment at Constance
Since first coming to this beautiful region our aim at Constance has been to make as little impact on the natural environment as possible and to protect the biodiversity we find here.
In Lémuria this has meant safeguarding the stunning beaches around the hotel on the island of Praslin, as well running a turtle preservation programme to protect our most precious visitors – the endangered hawksbill and green turtles.
Legend Restaurant at Constance Lemuria Resort, Seychelles
Awards at Ephélia
From concept to design and construction of Constance Ephélia we strove to protect the natural environment on Mahé as much possible. In 2011 we were recognised for this with the prestigious Landscape Gold Award at the South African Landscape Industry Award.
In 2012 we were immensely proud to have our work at Ephélia recognised by the Seychelles government with a Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Certificate, acknowledging the biodiversity and culture of the Seychelles.
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