Six Senses Laamu Celebrates the Inauguration of the Sea Hub of Environmenta…

Science, marine conservation, and training meet high-end hospitality in a brand new hub on the shores of Six Senses Laamu.

LAAMU, Maldives – January 10, 2023 – Six Senses Laamu proudly broadcasts the opening of the Sea Hub for Environmental Learning in Laamu (SHELL) on March 1, 2023. The SHELL sits on the resort’s sundown seashore, protecting a complete space of 5,952 sq. ft (553 sq. meters), with its cornerstone positioned on May 6, 2022. It will home the Maldives Underwater Initiative (MUI), a marine conservation collaborative consisting of Six Senses Laamu marine biologists and accomplice NGOs, The Manta Trust, Blue Marine Foundation, and the Olive Ridley Project, together with a gallery exhibition area, workplaces, marine laboratory, cinema room, and children’ zone. Virtual and augmented actuality applied sciences and conservation artwork will additional improve the area.

Marteyne van Well, Regional General Manager, says, “Healing the ocean requires understanding first. The environmentalist Baba Dioum as soon as mentioned, ‘In the tip, we are going to preserve solely what we love; we are going to love solely what we perceive, and we are going to perceive solely what we’re taught.’ So, allow us to educate; allow us to educate the brand new era on the significance of nature conservation. This is the imaginative and prescient behind the Sea Hub for Environmental Learning in Laamu; to interact the hearts and minds of our friends, our native communities, and our hosts. Our want is for us and our homeowners, HPL Hotels & Resorts, to go away a legacy within the Laamu Atoll, the place science and leisure come along with one aim: to find extra and be impressed to guard our oceans.”

The SHELL is a multi-use area designed for visitor training and for providing curated and immersive marine conservation experiences. The 2,336 square-foot (217 square-meter) central exhibition area invitations friends to discover the colourful and vibrant native marine life throughout out-of-the-ordinary encounters. The MUI crew might be providing hands-on visitor actions and shows parallel to their analysis, conservation efforts, and initiatives. The SHELL can even characteristic designated amenities for internet hosting world-class researchers to additional broaden MUI’s bold aim to see sustainable useful resource administration in Laamu.

Stephen Lau, Chairman of HPL Hotels & Resorts, says, “The SHELL is the start of a brand new chapter within the historical past of Six Senses Laamu and the resort’s lengthy report in marine conservation and group outreach. Our want to make Laamu atoll a greater place for generations to come back has been our frequent imaginative and prescient of HPL, and that frequent imaginative and prescient has been the driving power behind what made this venture come to life at present. We hope aspiring marine biologists and budding conservationists might be impressed by the tales and analysis the SHELL is finishing up and that vacationers and companions alike will want to be a part of the conservation journey. The SHELL helps us all give a voice to the atoll’s unimaginable marine ecosystems and our mixed accountability to guard it, now greater than ever.”

With the aim of bringing an immersive expertise to the friends on the SHELL, the central gallery, additionally known as the Tank, boasts a high-resolution LED show ground and 5 academic viewing cubicles for teenagers and adults. It options numerous underwater scenes of the Laamu atoll to provide insights into chosen micro-topics on marine life. This immersive gallery, designed by Illuminate Productions in Singapore, is exclusive within the Maldives and seeks to showcase and educate friends on the thrilling marine life round Six Senses Laamu. Inspired by a glass-bottom boat, the content material might be periodically up to date to replicate new footage captured by the resort’s dive crew and diver hosts, bringing about an ever-changing canvas for friends to take pleasure in throughout totally different visits to the resort.

“The opening of the SHELL at Six Senses Laamu is a milestone second for the resort and the corporate total, because it really represents the fervour for the ocean surroundings and biology, a key agenda merchandise for Marteyne and her crew. We are equally delighted and excited at how Six Senses, by the SHELL, is bringing to life our firm values within the lovely and fragile Maldives ecosystem,” states Six Senses CEO Neil Jacobs.

The Kids’ Zone is designed for younger (or younger at coronary heart) and aspiring marine biologists to find the secrets and techniques of Laamu and the underwater world. Highlights embrace an augmented actuality sandbox which permits the customers to vary and redesign habitats and topography utilizing projection mapping expertise, and the ‘Draw Alive’, the place youngsters will have the ability to color-in their favourite marine creatures and watch them come alive on a big display with the assistance of superior animation expertise to look at them swim and transfer all through a digital world.

Lawrence Menz, Project Manager of the SHELL shared, “Just just like the hermit crab that strikes into a bigger shell when it outgrows the earlier one, The Maldives Underwater Initiative by Six Senses Laamu additionally wants a bigger area to name dwelling, because the crew is rising in measurement and ambitions. The SHELL will showcase the gorgeous marine surroundings that surrounds us, with breathtaking visuals and immersive and hands-on interactive experiences. We might be conducting modern analysis in our new laboratory amenities that we hope will assist us discover the solutions to, at the least, a few of Laamu’s questions.”

The SHELL contains a 506 square-foot (47 square-meter) amphitheater displaying gorgeous visuals of the underwater world as a backdrop for the crew to inform their tales of the land and waters of Laamu and current their analysis and findings to friends and scientific friends.

Quoting Philippa Roe, Head Marine Biologist, “Over the years, the MUI crew has been working to determine Laamu as a hub for marine analysis and turn out to be an instance for sustainable marine useful resource administration within the Maldives. Having introduced 12 analysis papers on the 2022 Maldives Marine Science Symposium centered on analysis on Laamu, the middle’s amenities will permit us to make even better strides towards understanding and serving to the marine surroundings and reaching our aim. It is that this info that has contributed to the institution of six Marine Protected Areas within the atoll, and Laamu being designated a Mission Blue Hope Spot in 2021.”

The crew understands that conservation doesn’t occur in a single day, and that to be really profitable, a mix of scientific analysis, group help, and worldwide understanding is required. The SHELL goals to convey collectively all these components in an modern and thrilling solution to safeguard the surroundings and other people of Laamu.



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