Amanpulo Sustainability

Culture & Conservation at Amanpulo

Nurturing a love for nature and neighbours in Philippines waters

Amanpulo's watery sanctuary is alive with varieties of corals and unique marine species. Sadly, in the last three years, the abnormal and rapid population increase of crown-of-thorns starfish that feed on hard coral, has caused dramatic reduction of living coral cover on the reefs. In response, the resort has implemented weekly reef monitoring to record sightings and maintain a healthy crown-of-thorns starfish population. During outbreaks, in partnership with the dive centre concessionaire Crestamar, Amanpulo team members volunteer to dive and collect them from the surrounding reefs, carefully removing and relocating them to avoid future harm.

Discovery

A new species of turtle discovered

The green sea turtles and hawksbill turtles are the pride of Amanpulo’s waters and in 2021, an exciting new species, named the olive ridley, was identified on the island. With the discovery of the olive ridley nest, Amanpulo has become fully committed to supporting the entire life cycle of the endangered sea turtle population. With continuous monitoring, the resort is contributing to the global olive ridley data, helping offer insights into nesting behaviours. Of course, all species are endangered and are listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. Threatened by lizards who seek out their eggs, to protect these exceptional creatures, Amanpulo’s marine biologist has been working to guard their nesting sites to ensure the safe arrival of the next generation of turtles.

Community

Investing in social capital and community

Positive environmental and socio-economic impact is of paramount importance for any hotel aiming to be more sustainable. In the Cuyo Archipelago, hugged by nature at its most pristine, Amanpulo protects its natural capital and plays a precious role in the wellbeing of the wider community, with almost half of the resort’s team coming from the neighbouring island of Manamok.  

As a result of the long-term symbiosis between Amanpulo and its wider community, it is the only island in the Palawan area to have a high school system, with the resort having developed a programme of vocational training. Technical-Vocational Education Manamoc is the name of the school, which focusses on training and preparing students for a successful career in hospitality. The resort has contributed to the building of laboratories in the disciplines of Engineering, Culinary, Food and Beverage Service, and Housekeeping, providing students with the proper tools for learning. As the economy of the Philippines is one of the most reliant on hospitality, this training is all the more valuable in this part of the world. Amanpulo also opens its doors to junior high students for an annual immersive training program in the resort, which has allowed the school and its students to reap the rewards of a technical-vocational education. 

Ethical water filtration

Water conservation at Amanpulo aims to alleviate the challenges that come from a need for clean water on the surrounding islands. Conventional groundwater pumping puts a strain on the water table, so Amanpulo invests in desalination which prevents saltwater intrusion, underground cracks and cave-ins. By investing in a reverse-osmosis method of converting seawater into freshwater and by minimising the amount of brine water from discharged back into the sea, it also reduces water stress.

Amanpulo is very excited to be launching its own water purification and bottling plant, using the innovative technology of EcoPure Waters. This on-site facility will produce the highest-quality purified drinking water which allows proper sterilising, bottling and sealing of high-grade reusable glass bottles on site.The system will also allow the resort to replace the need for single-use plastic PET water bottles, minimising its carbon footprint.

Culinary

Organic farm

A three-year project has come to fruition as Amanpulo's organic farm is now able to steadily supply its own kitchen with fresh produce daily. The island’s farm has been most successful in growing varieties of lettuce and arugula, eggplants, tomatoes, herbs and spices.

The horticulturists and chefs work closely together to bring out the very best that the farm can offer and currently, the farm is able to fulfil 30% of the resort’s total salad greens consumption. With ‘Climavore’ diets on the rise, those who eat according to environmental impact at Amanpulo can graze in good conscience, on plant-protein-heavy diets with low foodprints thanks to these locally sourced ingredients.