FREEPORT, Grand Bahama, The Bahamas – As part of a three-day official visit to Grand Bahama, Her Excellency Dai Qingli, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to The Bahamas, on Saturday, July 30, toured Coral Vita Coral Farm in Grand Bahama.
During her visit, the Ambassador was given an extensive survey of the world-famous coral restoration facility which recently won the prestigious ‘Earthshot Prize’ from Prince William. The Earthshot Prize is described as an initiative “designed to find and grow the solutions that will repair our planet this decade. We face our greatest challenge; to regenerate the place we all call home in the next ten years.”
Coral Vita works to protect endangered marine ecosystems by growing diverse, resilient corals and then outplanting them into reefs that are degraded, thereby helping to restore them.
Her Excellency was very engaged as she touched the coral during explanations given by Dr. Katey Lesneski, Director of Restoration Science; Alannah Vellacott, Coral Restoration Specialist; and Samantha Rose, Coral Technician.
The Ambassador arrived in Grand Bahama on Thursday morning and made a courtesy call on the Minister for Grand Bahama, the Hon. Ginger Moxey; on Friday, she was given a tour of various areas on the island, particularly those being repaired after being destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in September, 2019.
Immediately following the tour of Coral Vita, Ambassador Qingli visited the Grand Bahama Children’s Home and then later returned to Nassau.