10 March 2021
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. With pollution and mass bleaching impacting the world’s oceans and putting coral at risk, Outrigger’s ZONE (OZONE) is put into action each day by educating guests with hands-on activities, promoting green initiatives and organizing volunteer local projects, all which 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 inspired by the 2019 PANTONE Colour of the Year, with proceeds benefiting coral health and resiliency on a global and local level.
Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort have 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 and 10% of the proceeds will goes to Reef Conservation a local NGO that tie 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 the 7th of June, guests and the children from ‘Atelier de Formation Joie de Vivre’ a local NGO aged 7 to 12 years old have been invited for an educative session on the Protection of the Marine Environment.
Reef Conservation, was present on this special day with ‘Bis Lamer’ ("bus of the sea" in Creole) to educate on the below theme:
Discovery of the coastal and marine environment of Mauritius
What are ecosystem services and how conserved ecosystems specially wetlands, mangroves, sea grass beds and coral reefs help us to be more resilient to natural calamities
Discovering about planktons 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 done with craft newspaper) were organised for the kids.
The team from Reef conversation also had a small speech about climate change and impact on the corals and how each and every one can make a difference.
All the kids were invited for a nice lunch on that day.
Note that Outrigger Mauritius is supporting all year 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.