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Forest Restoration in Mozambique

The not-for-profit Soneva Foundation engages Eden Reforestation Projects to plant 3.7 million trees in Mozambique’s Matica Sede, which will mitigate 2.4 million tonnes of CO2. Deforestation is responsible for about 11% of global carbon emissions. Restoring forests helps mitigate climate change and improve biodiversity.


Coral Propagation

In partnership with Coralive, the Soneva Foundation sets up one of the biggest coral nurseries in the world using Mineral Accretion Technology (MAT) – effectively an electrified reef – at Soneva Fushi. The goal is to propagate 50,000 coral fragments every year.


Hornbill Reintroduction

The Soneva Foundation joins hands with the Thailand Hornbill Research Foundation to reintroduce hornbills on the island of Koh Kood – the home of Soneva Kiri. Improving the forest’s biodiversity by spreading the seeds of large trees, the first pair of oriental pied hornbills was brought to the island in December 2021.


Makers’ Place

Soneva introduces Makers’ Place, a fully carbon-neutral island studio that has the capacity to recycle huge volumes of plastic waste and aluminium into works of art, practical objects and building materials.


Launch of Soneva Namoona

Soneva Namoona, an independent Maldivian non-governmental organisation (NGO), launches in partnership with the neighbouring island communities of Maalhos, Dharavandhoo and Kihaadhoo, and international NGO Common Seas. Funded by Soneva and the Soneva Foundation, Soneva Namoona provides a blueprint for how all islands can phase out single-use plastic, introduce recycling and inspire a new generation of environmental stewards.


Mosquito Milestone

Committed to sustainable pest control, Soneva’s resorts begin using chemical-free mosquito traps. This conscious choice has been very effective with mosquito populations falling by a record 98%.


Myanmar Stoves Campaign

In 2014, the Myanmar Stoves Campaign by Soneva Foundation becomes the first Gold Standard-certified carbon project in Myanmar. Since then, over 36,000 stoves have been distributed, improving the lives of more than 170,000 people and generating USD 28 million of social capital.


Carbon Neutral Commitment

All Soneva resorts have been 100% carbon neutral since 2012. One of the ways we’ve achieved this is by adding a 2% environmental levy to all stays, offsetting both direct and indirect CO2 emissions. This includes carbon emissions from resort activities as well as guests’ air travel.


Baa Atoll Named UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Baa Atoll – the home of Soneva Fushi – became a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in June 2011. It supports one of the largest groups of coral reefs in the Indian Ocean and is home to a globally significant biodiversity.


Thailand Forest Restoration

Soneva’s Forest Restoration Project has planted around 512,000 trees of 90 different local species in Thailand since 2011, reducing over 73,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions. A total area of 300 acres of degraded forest land is being restored in Northern Thailand, which will mitigate 255,000 tonnes of CO2.


Launch of Soneva Foundation

The UK-registered trust Soneva Foundation is Soneva’s charity of choice. Funded by Soneva’s 2% environmental levy on all stays and from revenues generated from the Soneva Water initiative,  the Soneva Foundation supports the development of projects that have a positive environmental, social and economic impact around the world.


Year of Triumphs

2008 was a landmark year in Soneva’s history. From the launch of the Carbon Calculator to provide data on our direct and indirect CO2 emissions and environmental performance to hosting the first SLOW LIFE Symposium, bringing together renowned environmentalists. The same year, Soneva Water is introduced, a 1.5MW Soneva wind turbine is built to provide clean energy in South India, and Soneva is honoured as an environmental leader in the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.


Award-Winning Results

Soneva becomes the first company in history to win Condé Nast Traveller’s Best of the Best awards for both luxury and sustainability, proving that responsible tourism and five-star hospitality can go hand in hand.


Plastic Straw Ban

Plastic straws have not been used in Soneva Fushi since 1998, and now all Soneva resorts only use paper straws or ethically sourced and environmentally friendly alternatives.


Soneva Fushi Opens

The first barefoot luxury resort in the Maldives, Soneva Fushi opens to worldwide acclaim. Built using recycled and environmentally friendly materials, Soneva sets a new standard for sustainable hospitality worldwide.

List of Sustainability Posts

Soneva Namoona  

Soneva Namoona is a Maldivian NGO, funded by the Soneva Foundation, working to empower zero waste communities. It engages with seven islands in Baa Atoll and one island in Haa Dhaalu and, in the Noonu Atoll, has embarked on an atoll-wide project as a strategic and technical partner on waste management issues (across 13 islands). 
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Soneva Dialogue

Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship (SeaBOS) is an initiative resulting from a series of Keystone Dialogues between scientists and seafood companies. The SeaBOS initiative follows the hypothesis that a small minority of powerful actors can influence a majority of smaller actors.
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Clean Water Projects 

760 million people globally still lack access to safe drinking water and 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation services. The Soneva Foundation has funded over 500 projects in 53 countries that provide access to clean water or basic sanitation services to over 750,000 people worldwide.
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Care for Children 

Care for Children was originally established in China to provide foster care for orphaned children, successfully placing over 1 million children in foster homes. A recent UNICEF report recommends a transition from institutional foster care for Thailand’s orphaned and vulnerable children.
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Mozambique Forest Restoration 

In 2022 we engaged Eden Reforestation Projects to plant 3.7 million trees in Matica Sede, Mozambique, over a period of four years – starting from January 2022. A key component of the project is to use indigenous tree species, based on the mimbo forest type, which are planted by the local community. To date, 893,186 trees have already been planted.
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SLOW LIFE Symposium 

The SLOW LIFE Symposium gathered the best scientists, philanthropists, business leaders and policy makers for three days of problem-solving around the most pressing sustainability challenges and opportunities facing humanity.
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Myanmar Mangrove Restoration 

Blue carbon is captured by the world’s oceans, representing more than 55% of the carbon sequestrated by plants. Mangroves sequester up to five time more CO2 than trees in terrestrial forests. The Soneva Foundation engaged Worldview International Foundation to restore 600 hectares of mangrove forest in Myanmar. 1.5 million mangroves have been planted, completing the site in September 2022.
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Darfur Stoves Project 

We provide stoves to war-torn Darfur – women in Darfur are particularly vulnerable to violent attacks while foraging for wood. This project has created a local industry around the assembly of cook stoves, bringing much needed employment to an area where jobs are scarce.
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