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Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo gets Green Globe recertification

Aug 17, 2011 2:49:06 PM - www.ft.lk

The premier world-wide sustainability merit ‘Green Globe Certification’ was achieved by Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo. A member of the John Keells Hotels Group, the Maldivian resort was the second resort in the Maldives to achieve the title out of 106 resorts located in the archipelago.

The Green Globe recertification requires conformity to 300 preset standards, of which the resort achieved 80% compliance. The passion of being environmentally friendly and truly green was the motivating factor for the team at Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo.  Energy efficient measures, emission reduction, effective water management and waste management with an emphasis on reduce, recycle and reuse practices were some of the aspects which required adherence for certification.
The Green Globe certification is awarded after an audit by a team of Green Globe assessors and upholds the highest standards of credibility and transparency. The organisation follows an independent third party verification process and updates its criteria annually to ensure international compliance to the standards
Green Globe Certification supports the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria (GSTC). The GSTC is the agreed international standard for the sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. The Green Globe Standard meets and exceeds all the requirements of the GSTC.
Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo, a member of the Chaaya Hotels and Resorts stays true to its brand promise of a holiday experience that reflects its native locality. Located on the North Ari Atoll just 42 km from Male the island resort offers the best in diving and snorkelling. It is an ideal destination for a beach holiday secluded from mundane stresses. A reflection of its surroundings Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo is now an earth conscious resort.  Sunimal Senanayake, Sector Head of Maldivian Resorts, stated: “Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo is extremely proud to achieve a certification from one of the most recognised sustainability brands in the world today. We are currently striving to attain the same for the other Chaaya Resorts in the Maldives. Challenging the status quo to constantly improve and emphasise on our social and environmental responsibilities.”
In addition to the Green Globe Certification Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo was awarded with the following accolades: Food Safety Management System and Quality Management Certification (ISO 22000:2005), Environmental Management System Certification (ISO 14001:2004) and Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series Certification (OHSAS 18001:2007).