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Conservation Programme

The Baa Atoll Conservation Programme (BACP) encompasses all the islands, waters and resources (biological and non biological) of Baa Atoll with an outer perimeter that extends one (1) nautical miles from the outer reef zone of the atoll. BACP has been developed through a comprehensive stakeholder consultative process and is being implemented in line with the Ecosystem Approach of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). This is “A strategy for the integrated management of land, water and living resources that promotes conservation and sustainable use in an equitable way”. 
 
The key ecosystem management approach of this strategy includes;
 
People (societal choice), rather than biodiversity are at the heart of natural resource management,
 
Decentralizes management and governance to the lowest appropriate level,
 
Extends biodiversity management beyond protected areas, to whole ecosystems (biological and non biological),
 
Maintenance (long term) of ecosystem structure, function and services,
 
Management systems developed at appropriate spatial and temporal scales and ecosystems managed within their limits of their function,
 
Engages the full range of sectoral interests in an integrated way,
 
Integrates conservation and sustainable use, and
 
Recognises that (climate) change is inevitable, and promotes adaptation strategies to deal with change.
 
The long term goal of the BACP is to ensure the ecosystem of Baa Atoll remains healthy, productive and resilient into the future.
 
The three main tasks of the Conservation Programme are:
 
Supporting implementation of the Biosphere Reserve Zonation System, including and monitoring of developments, input to EIAs where possible and the enforcement of regulations in close consultation with Environmental Protection Agency and the Maldives Police Service.
 
Promoting implementation of the management plans for core areas, and where necessary enforcement of regulations in close consultation with Environmental Protection Agency, Maldives Police Service, Atoll Council and Island Councils. 
 
Implementing, and regularly updating, the programme of strategic actions to reduce key threats to biodiversity.
 

Protected Areas

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Hanifaru

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Mendhoo Region

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Angafaru Region

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Dhigali Haa & Dhigali Giri

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Olhugiri

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Mathifaru Hura

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