The event was designed to educate and involve members of the community on reef conservation, reduce marine pollution, actively participate in the effort by participating in a beach cleanup and create dialogue on United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals 14, Life below Water. The event was organised by Save the Beach Maldives and United Nations Development Program Maldives.
Marine Ecosystem Snorkel Sessions were carried out during the event for school aged participants and community. These sessions covered marine life identification and key ecosystem relationships, reef damage and recovery after coastal development, pollution, and ecosystem imbalances like the Crown of Thorns outbreaks and effects of climate change. It stresses the importance of conservation efforts and how they are vital especially in the Maldives where the threats can cause significant impacts to the health of the reefs, the ocean and ultimately us Maldivians who are dependent on the ocean for our livelihood.
We would like to especially thank UNDP Maldives, Liquid Water Sports, Villijoali, Dive Desk, Diver’s Lodge, Saafu Raajje Program & Mc Rooster.