Science, Education and Research Centre
With a name inspired by Soneva Fushi’s exceptional natural setting, AquaTerra brings together sustainability, science and rare experiences. A hub for our conservation efforts, the new state-of-the-art centre aims to educate our guests about the local ecosystem through a range of inspirational experiences, and host cutting-edge scientific research.
AquaTerra currently houses a spawning and rearing laboratory, developed with the team from Coral Spawning Lab, to conduct assisted evolution and create heat resilient super corals, and a 3D-Printing laboratory to produce coral substrate.
Later in 2023, the Soneva Foundation will also fund the installation of a micro-fragmenting laboratory with 28 outdoor tanks that can produce up to 100,000 corals per year, as well as live streaming cameras with fish recognition software at the coral nursery, to combine with live data from a SmartBuoy.
AquaTerra is the nerve centre for the Soneva Foundation’s Coral Restoration Programme, which aims to restore the coral reef systems around Soneva Fushi and create a coral hub for the Maldives.
Supported by the centre, Soneva’s Terrestrial Biology team is conducting ground-breaking work on eliminating mosquitoes using sustainable and environmentally-friendly mosquito traps.
Young Sonevians can learn more about the Maldives’ natural environment through a range of short educational courses with the Soneva Academy, hosted at the AquaTerra centre.
Through partnerships with universities, the centre will host visiting scientists and Master’s and PhD students to conduct cutting-edge scientific research at Soneva Fushi.
You can now make an online donation to support Aquaterra’s Coral Project by scanning the QR code or click the link below. You will be redirected to our secured Stripe account.
Discover our conservation efforts first hand and combine a behind-the-scenes tour of AquaTerra with a guided snorkel at the house reef, or a tour of Soneva Fushi’s Organic Gardens and Eco Centro Waste-to-Wealth Centre. Older children and teens are also invited to connect with the world around them with the Soneva Academy’s immersive modular courses, from exploring the stars to learning about sustainability and the Maldives’ marine realm.
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