Manta Festival 2018
The first ever Manta Festival of Maldives which was jointly organized by Manta Trust, Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Baa Atoll Council and Dharavandhoo Council was held on the island of Dharavandhoo on 24 November.
Hats off to all those involved in making this event a reality; 200+ students, , 12 schools, 1000+ visitors, presentations on environmental themes, competitions, over 12 resorts involved , with participation from dive schools and involvement of guest houses and many more helping hands summed up the event.
The Guest of honour of the Manta Festival 2018 was ex-Maldives President, Mr.Mohamed Nasheed and the festival was also attended by the newly appointed Minister for Environment Dr.Hussain Rasheed Hassan. President Nasheed, Minister Hassan, President of Baa Atoll Council Mr.Mabrook Naseer, Managing Director of Baa Atoll Conservation Fund Mr.Abdulla Shibau and Vice President of host island Council Mr. Ali addressed the gathering at the opening ceremony of the festival.
Prizes were also given away for the winners of the competions organized for the event which included art, potography and manta sculpture.
Baa Atoll Manta Festival 2018 was a huge success and it was indeed a great team effort by the organizers. Maldivian Manta Ray Project - Manta Trust , Biosphere Reserve Maldives.Baa Atoll, Four Seasons Resorts Maldives, Baa Atoll Council and Dharavandhoo Council.
We would like to thank all our sponsors and well wishers namely:; Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu, Maldives Anantara Kihavah Maldives Villas Reethi Beach Resort Amilla Fushi Milaidhoo Vakkaru Maldives Soneva Fushi Dusit Thani Maldives Kihaa Maldives Finolhu Four Seasons Resort Maldives At Landaa Giraavaru, Aveyla Maldives, Kihaa Maldives, LVIS blancura, Olive Ridley Project, Parley, Maldives Atoll Marine Centre, Sea-Explorer Maldives, Cressi, Manta Reisen, Liquid Salt Divers, DiveOceanus Royal Island, Ocean Dimensions, Dharavandhoo Divers Maldives, Eydhafushi Times, Public Service Media, Ocean Group Maldives, Island Art Maldives, Blue World Dharavandhoo, Island Aviation Servicesm Environmental Protection Agency of Maldives on behalf of the organizers for Manta Festival 2018 for being part of the Festival and making it a success.
Baa Atoll Manta Festival 2018 ended with a bang on the evening of 24 November 2018 with light entertainment and so has the manta season as well.
We are glad to inform that work is already underway to make the event happen in 2019.
Hanifaru Season Stakeholder Meeting 2
The second stakeholder meeting of Hanifaru Season 2018 was held at Baa Atoll Council Secretariat today. 15 participants from 9 institutions were present in this meeting.
The meeting was chaired by the Director General of Environmental Protection Agency of Maldives Mr.Ibrahim Naeem.
15 Stakeholders from 9 institutions were present in this meeting namely; Environmental Protection Agency, Baa Atoll Council, Baa Atoll Biosphere Reserve Office, Maldives Police Service, Baa Atoll Conservation Fund, Four Seasons Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru, Sonevafushi, Manta Trust, Aveyla Madidives and Liquid Salt Dives.
The participants were given a presentations by by Atoll BR Office on the work undertaken for the past 2 months,shared information on the Workplan of Baa Atoll BR and discussed issues relating to management plans for protected areas especially Olhigri Protected Area and Mendhoo Region.
A presentation was also given by Mantat rust on the research presently being undertaken in the Biosphere Reserve.
The next meeting sceduled to be held in September.
UNESCO designates 24 new Biosphere Reserves
UNESCO has added 24 new sites to the list of Biosphere Reserves at the 30th Session on the International Coordinating Council of MAB Programme which is presented onoing at Palembang Indonesia.
The Republic of Moldova and Mozambique are the 2 countries who have designated biosphere reserves for the very first time.
Other countries with newly designated sites are Burkina Faso, China, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ecuador and India. Three new sites were designated in Indonesia, while two in Italy and one were designated in Kazakhstan, Iran, Madagascar, the Netherlands, the South Korea, Russian Federation, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and the United Republic of Tanzania. According to UNESCO, biosphere reserves in Germany and Italy, have been extended with name changes, while five in Australia, one in the Netherlands and another in the United States, have been withdrawn from the Network at the countries’ request.
Every year the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme, adds new sites.