Corals play a vital part in the precious marine ecosystem of the Maldives and thus preserving them is of utmost importance. This is where the Maldives Coral Institute comes in and here’s more on what they do, worth knowing before you visit this tropical destination.
Who They Are
The Maldives Coral Institute is a dedicated body of coral crusaders. Comprised of passionate scientists and environmentalists, the mission of this science-led institution is clear: to help coral reefs in the country thrive in the face of a changing climate, mitigate the impact of the harm caused to coral by humans and promote sustainable coral conservation..
Why Coral Conservation is Needed
As one of the world’s most low-lying nations, the Maldives depends a lot on coral reefs which act as natural barriers, protecting the atolls from the relentless waves. Additionally, they help sustain diverse marine life that call these waters home and by doing so, play an important role in attracting tourists in search of places to visit in Maldives. Travellers can thus stay at eco-friendly resorts like Adaaran Select Meedhupparu and explore these reefs on snorkelling and diving excursions that do not harm coral or marine life.
Projects & Research
To further coral conservation, the Maldives Coral Institute has initiated several projects. Amongst the highlights are the Fulhadhoo Coral Restoration and Fulhadhoo Coral Relocation projects, while also of note is the Future Climate Coral Bank which will play an integral role in future reef restoration. Additionally, the institute also conducts research to increase knowledge and understanding that will lead to more informed decision-making and conservation efforts.
In a world of constant change, the Maldives Coral Institute knows how to keep things exciting. They organize events like the Coral Festival that bring together environmental activists, government officials, ocean experts, NGOs, locals, and visitors. It features art exhibitions, live music, panel discussions, activities for kids and more making for a family-friendly day out where one can learn more about coral conservation too. Additional initiatives like the Coral Workshop and Coral Science Talks have also been held providing an important source of knowledge and information sharing.