A meeting was held with Local Government Authority, Maldives Police Services, Environment Department, Environment Protection Agency and Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve Office at the Ministry of Environment and Energy today.
The main objective of the meeting was to discuss the subject of uprooting of large amounts of trees for various purposes; issues related to this activity, methods undertaken in doing so at various islands, raising awareness on the subject amongst all stakeholder’s and how to bring solutions to this matter by working together.
Also discussed in the meeting were concerns relating to capture of migratory birds by residents of islands , what the roles and responsibilities of Maldives Police Service and Environmental Protection Agency are how each participant could actively take part in minimizing this.
Follow up meetings are scheduled on the subject matter in the coming months.
Final discussions with Baa Atoll Council on the draft management plan for the protected area of Olhugiri took place today at Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve Office. The President of Baa Atoll Council Mr.Mabrook Naseer represented Baa Atoll Council in this meeting and raised their viewpoint to the management methods and activities proposed in the planwhich was sent to the Council previously.
With this task completed the final draft of the management plan will be completed by the end of January 2018.
Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve was at present at the Workshop on Management and Planning of Coral Stones Mosques of Maldives organized by Department of National Heritage from 5 – 7 December 2017 at National Museum.
The experiences of the Atoll Ecosystem Conservation Project, declaration of Baa Atoll as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, establishment of Baa Atoll Conservation Fund and information on grants provided under the grants scheme from Baa Atoll Conservation Fund Work was shared in this Workshop.
Work is presently being undertaken by the Department of National Heritage to list the Grand Friday Mosque of Male’ as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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