Valley trunk itself is named after the Trunk or Leatherback turtles that used to nest annually on our beach. Sadly, the Leatherback turtle is now on the list of ‘Critically endangered species’ as numbers have reached a global all-time low. This has mainly been due to three types of human intervention; Unsustainable fishing techniques, collection or disturbance of eggs and pollution in the form of plastic bags, which resemble its natural jellyfish prey. All, however, is not lost. Three decades of sustained strong protection in West Africa have seen a fourfold increase in local turtle populations.
The success in Africa shows us that something can be done and we will be working hard with the local government to begin to instigate a suitable recovery plan required to protect the species. Our aim is to protect our beautiful beach, raise awareness, encourage alternate methods of garbage disposal and eventually entice these incredible creatures to nest once more.
Pollution, coupled with the effects of the 1998 El Nino event, caused worldwide ‘coral bleaching’ (casting out of coral algae) and led to large areas of coral death. Coral regeneration, previously thought impossible, has been a great success in the Maldives. This has led to fully spawning reefs from areas of complete destruction in a space of just twelve years. Working with the government, this is a process that we are hoping to initiate in order to contribute in returning the reefs of the Caribbean to their former untouched glory.
Without sustainability practices, this beautiful place may not be preserved generations to come. This is why we are committed to being involved at the front end for new projects to be incorporated into the property’s structure moving forward. These include utility scale solar projects, waste-to-energy initiatives and seawater district cooling.