Biosphere Reserve title brings Addu development opportunities: Mayor

Eedhigali Kilhi, located in Hithadhoo, Addu City, which is among the core areas of the newly designated Biosphere Reserve | Photo: Visit Maldives

Addu City, Maldives – The Mayor of Addu City Abdullah Sodig (Sobe) has said that the title of being a Biosphere Reserve will bring many development opportunities to Addu.

Speaking at the webinar held in order to discuss the plans for the coming phase after Addu City and Fuvahmulah City were declared as UNESCO Biosphere Reserves.

During his speech, Sobe said thanked the Environment Ministry for their efforts in declaring Addu and Fuvahmulah as Biosphere Reserves. He further said that the role of a Biosphere Reserve is to provide the logistics needed for a lasting development as well as protection, education and researches. He added that he believes that the complete responsibility of taking care of the biosphere reserve must be taken by the City Council with the assistance and guidance from Environment Ministry.

Further speaking at the webinar, the Mayor said that financial aid will be required to properly manage Addu as a Biosphere Reserve and requested the Environment Ministry to provide the necessary financial aid.

The main purpose of the webinar held between Addu City Council, B. Atoll Council, B.Atoll Biosphere Reserve, Fuvahmulah City Council and Environment Ministry was to share the opportunity opened for Addu City after becoming a biosphere reserve and to discuss the 10 year action plan for the Biosphere Reserve as well as discuss the legislation associated with it. I’m addition to this the B. Atoll shared their experience as the first Biosphere Reserve in the Country.

Addu City and Fuvahmulah were declared as Biosphere Reserved during the 32nd session of the UNESCO International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Program, held on 28th October, 2020.