Environment Conservation

30 days: Conserve at least one island, one reef and one wetland in each atoll

November 18, 2018
In progress
Dec 2018

Three Eco-Rich areas set to be environmentally protected

President's Office December 25, 2018

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has today decided to declare Keylakunu Island of South Thiladhummathi Atoll, along with its reef and lagoon area, the wetlands and mangroves of Neykurendhoo Island of South Thiladhummathi Atoll, and the wetlands and mangroves of Baarah Island of North Thiladhummathi Atoll as conservation areas.

The President’s decision followed discussions held on a paper presented by the Ministry of Environment, at today’s meeting of the Cabinet. Following the President’s decision, the three sites will be protected under the Environment Protection and Preservation Act of Maldives.

Prior to the Cabinet meeting, a Cabinet working session was held where presentations were delivered on the issue by environment experts. Members were briefed on the unique and rich eco-systems at the sites, and the urgency to conserve the areas. Protecting at least one island, one reef, and one wetland from each atoll is part of the “First 100 Days’ Goals” of President Solih’s administration.

Dec 2018

Plans to set three islands as environmentally protected areas set in motion, as part of the administration's environment protection policy

President's Office December 04, 2018

The Cabinet has today initiated discussions on declaring Keylakunu and Neykurendhoo Islands of South Thiladhummathi Atoll, and Baarah Island of North Thiladhummathi Atoll, as conservation areas.

The discussions were held on a paper presented by the Ministry of Environment, and the Environmental Protection Agency, at today’s meeting of the Cabinet. At the meeting, members agreed on the natural and ecological values of Keylakunu Island along with its reef and lagoon area, the wetlands and mangrove of Neykurendhoo Island, and the wetlands and mangrove of Baarah Island.

Noting the urgency of the matter, members of the Cabinet underscored that environmentally protecting at least one island, one reef, and one wetland from each atoll is part of the “First 100 days Goals” of President Solih’s administration. Cabinet members also underlined the importance of conserving such unique and fragile islands and ecological sites as national heritage for the benefit of future generations. They also highlighted that despite the Thiladhummathi Atoll being naturally unique and eco-rich, no part of the atoll has previously been protected under the Environment Protection and Preservation Act of the Maldives.