On the 29th of October, Planhotel Hospitality Group in partnership with the University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy, hosted the inauguration of the new Marine Laboratory at Diamonds Thudufushi Beach & Water Villas, South Ari Atoll, Maldives.
Diamonds Thudufushi welcomed H.E. Aminath Shauna, Minister of Environment, Climate Change and Technology along with the State Minister of Environment, Dr. Abdullah Naseer and the State Minister of Tourism, Dr. Ahmed Salih, they were accompanied by the Rector of the University of Milano-Bicocca, Prof. Giovanna Iannantuoni. The ceremony was also attended by a delegation from the Italian embassy and Senior University representatives, including Prof. Paolo Galli, Director of MaRHE Center in F. Magoodhoo.
The state-of-the-art Marine Laboratory is one of its kind among resort islands, as it combines active marine research with educational guest experiences. It is fitted with modern laboratory equipment to conduct, for example, DNA analysis as well as new technologies such as 3-D printing to supplement the ongoing coral restoration project. Researchers will bring modern technologies in reach of the public by providing hands on experiences in laboratory techniques such as using DNA extraction and PCR for genetic studies. In dedicated workshops, resort guests can also experience the virtual reality of diving on a pristine coral reef, participate in state-of-the-art coral restoration practices and learn how to use environmental DNA for marine megafauna conservation.
As a result of the collaboration between Diamonds Resorts Maldives and MaRHE Center of the University of Milano-Bicocca, resort guests are not only able to experience science in action but also contribute to data collection through local science projects.
By increasing ocean literacy of resort guests through memorable experiences and actively supporting marine research, the resort hopes to contribute to the conservation and protection of the magnificent Maldivian coral reef ecosystem. The resort also invite you to visit the marine biology team in the new Marine Laboratory during your stay at Diamonds Maldives to find out more about the different research projects and how you can get involved.
Connect with the Marine Biology team to get involved with the coral restoration projects by getting in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org or dialling +960 6680583.