Constance Lémuria Seychelles preserves nature for a better tomorrow
Constance Lémuria is one of six Constance Hotels and Resorts to be recently re-certified by Green Globe and has attained a notable compliance score of 82%.
Bruno Le Gac, General Manager at Constance Lémuria said, “The first thing that strikes the visitors at Constance Lémuria is the amazing nature and lush environment where the hotel is set. So becoming Green Globe certified was an obvious thing to do, and a consistent way to show our commitment towards the preservation of the beauty of this incredible site.”
Staff are committed to the sustainable management of coastal areas which includes the protection of sea turtles. The beaches in the resort are important turtle nesting sites in the Seychelles and are by far the most productive of all nesting beaches on Praslin Island with about 95% of all nesting occurring there. Rare green turtles and Hawksbill turtles return each year to nest from October to February. And baby turtle hatchlings emerge from the sand and make their way to the sea from March through to April.
The resort’s Turtle Management Plan includes:
• Beach patrols during turtle season
• Tagging of turtles for future indication of turtle stocks
• Marking and protecting nests
• Explaining the life cycle of the turtles to guests
• Turtle hatchling release with guests
• Educating staff about turtles
• Maintaining beach vegetation
According to the Turtle Management Plan monitoring of nesting sea turtles is ongoing and guest interaction as well as awareness campaigns are carried out regularly. Scientists then collect and analyze all data to observe nesting trends. This season all nests will be recorded via GPS and a temperature logging study will also be carried out. Temperatures will be measured in different locations and at various depths in the sand that will give an insight into the turtle sex ratio in relation to climate change.
Constance Lémuria participated in an environmental project, dubbed the Coral Gardening restoration project, which ended successfully after one year with a survival rate of 68% of transplanted corals. The project was conducted in collaboration with the local NGO Nature Seychelles ( www.natureseychelles.org/ ) and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) ( https://www.thegef.org/gef/ ). CNN included this inspiring story in their documentary “Inside Africa”. Resort staff continue to monitor the progress of the transplanted corals and guests can experience the stunning results during snorkeling trips.
“We are very proud to be a part of these initiatives for a better tomorrow,” added Mr. Le Gac.
Other key achievements based on Green Globe criteria included improvements in energy efficiency and waste management procedures. Last year a new heat recovery system was installed for the chiller that assists with the supply of hot water for the resort’s boilers. With this new heat exchange system boiler fuel consumption was reduced by 70%. In addition, motion sensors and LED lights have now been installed in 85% of all guest rooms. The sensors automatically regulate the air conditioning temperature and lights in rooms according to guests’ movement and occupancy.
Although recycling facilities on Praslin Island and in the Seychelles are very limited the resort has identified and initiated specific waste segregation strategies. To improve its Reduce, Reuse and Recycle practices a color bin system has been implemented to segregate food, plastic, paper, cans and glass in all restaurant outlets. Furthermore, a food waste monitoring system was initiated to measure the amount of food waste that was used as pig feed. These actions lessen the resort’s environmental impact on the island’s eco-system.
For further information, please see Constance Lémuria Seychelles: https://www.constancehotels.com/en/hotels-resorts/seychelles/lemuria
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