SLOW LIFE symposium set for Soneva Kiri

soneva kiri dock

THIS YEAR’S SLOW LIFE Symposium, sponsored by the Soneva Group, will be held at Soneva Kiri Resorts, Residences & Spas, located on the island of Koh Kood in Thailand from Nov. 7-10.

The 2013 symposium is built around the theme: Innovation through Collaboration and brings together leading influential environmentalists to lay the foundations for some of the most dynamic sustainability initiatives in the world.

This year some 30 business leaders, scientists, NGOs, renowned thinkers and policy makers will immerse themselves in a series of plenaries, panels and workshops to explore opportunities for both the business and philanthropic sectors to increase their positive impact on the environment.

As in past years, it is expected to generate a new set of ideas and solutions during three days and nights of discussions covering sustainable tourism, marine and water conservation, energy security and threatened biodiversity.

Chairman for this year’s conference is Jonathon Porritt, founding director of the Forum for the Future and co-director of The Prince of Wales Business and Sustainability Programme.

Tree diningJonathon was at the SLOW LIFE Symposium in 2011 when the WHOLE WORLD Water campaign was conceived. WHOLE WORLD Water(www.wholeworldwater.co) is uniting the hospitality and tourism industry in eliminating branded bottled water in favour of selling triple-filtered source water with a portion of revenues contributing to clean water initiatives around the world.

He was also at the SLOW LIFE Symposium in 2010 when the government of the Maldives and the BLUE Marine Foundation, led by Symposium participant Chris Gorell-Barnes, pledged to work together to protect Maldivian waters in a way that is compatible with and complementary to the country’s sustainable fisheries.

This year he will be joined by a distinguished panel of speakers from a broad spectrum of environmental interests including Sonu Shivdasani, the Chairman and CEO of the Soneva Group and the driving force behind the SLOW LIFE Foundation.

Soneva Fushi, the location for previous symposiums, and Soneva Kiri, produce their own drinking water, recycles 85% of their solid waste and rely heavily on solar technologies to reduce dependence on expensive and polluting diesel. Both Soneva Kiri and Soneva Fushi provide constant reminders of an environment worth protecting.

The SLOW LIFE Foundation is a UK registered charity (#1138811) which supports the development of innovative and imaginative projects whose impacts directly address social and environmental challenges around the world.

For further information, http://www.slowlifesymposium.com.

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