Environmental management plan being formulated for Addu and Fuvahmulah

Aeriel view of Koattey area in Addu Nature Park | Photo: Environmental Protection Agency

Addu City, Maldives – A management plan for environmentally significant areas of Addu and Fuvahmulah City is currently in the pipeline, revealed Environment Minister Aminath Shauna today.

Answering a question aimed at the Minister during the ongoing Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s congress’ morning session, Shauna said that the main objective of the current administration is to ensure decentralisation, and that under this policy, the environmentally significant locations in both Addu and Fuvahmulah will be managed directly by the respective councils, directing any income generated from these areas directly to the budgets of the said councils.

Adding that this income can be used by the councils in developmental projects, Shauna explained that a management plan concerning these locations is in the making, which would ensure better management and use of the areas, generating more economic benefits from them.

According to a declaration made at the 32nd session of the UNESCO International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere Programme held on 28th October 2020, Addu City and Fuvahmulah City are UNESCO biosphere reserves. Both cities are comprised of unique geographical and environmental features, which are protected areas by law.