Didier Laplace is a child of the island. He knows his island in every corner and for some years now has been aware of the degradation of coral reefs. There are many television reports about Didier Laplace’s desire to save them and his work to preserve the reefs.

Global warming but also cyclones, Irma the latest to date have destroyed the reefs, but not only, human activities also by anchors (example) and this despite some areas of the island classified as a nature reserve. This is why, for several years now, he has been investing his time and energy in the creation of underwater farms. It regularly collects and recovers damaged corals from the island’s various lagoons and replants them in its underwater farms for the sole purpose of giving them a second chance.

To this end, Didier has participated in various restoration programs on several continents in order to find the appropriate technique for the island’s marine ecosystem. He met with the best marine biologists, all of whom have carried out restoration programmes. Established many years ago, these programs have already proven their worth.

The objective of its association « Coral Restoration St-Barth » is also to raise awareness among the younger generations and the general public, tourism industry stakeholders and environmental organizations of the importance of preserving marine ecosystems. The future of the oceans is a key pillar of marine conservation. Raising awareness in the local community opens the door to social and economic development, mainly through ecotourism and the enhancement of marine biodiversity.

That being said, the association currently operates on a reduced budget and Didier Laplace does not only devote his time and energy to it, but also his personal funds. You want to help the association, to contribute to the conservation of the island’s corals, think about making a donation to its association. The organizers of Saint Barth Bucket have also made a donation, why not you?

To make a donation : http://www.coral-restoration-stbarth.com/donation.html

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Monique Turbé grew up in a family of five children. Before becoming a respected hotelier, her father, Guy Turbé, was one of the first contractors on the Island. At the age of 18, Monique Turbé started her first construction, like her father, the “White Sand Beach Cottages, in Flamands. This property attracted prestigious guests, like Jackie Kennedy-Onassis and her son John-John, or Roman Polanski. In 2013, the Villa Mélissa was sold to a Venezuelan couple that fell in love with the property. Monique then decided to buy and renovate a new property that she called like her granddaughter: the “Villa Lenalee”. With this new property, Monique Turbé, created MY VILLA IN ST- BARTH, an exclusive concierge service dedicated to her two private villas. One of Guy Turbé’s last dreams was to see Monique create her own real estate company to look after the villas he had built and carry on the legacy. As an homage to her beloved father, she became the founder, chairman and partner of MY VILLA IN ST BARTH Real Estate, the first real estate agency founded by a St-Barths native and a villas owner.

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