The joint collaborative scientific program between the Blue Prosperity Coalition and the Maldives Marine Research Institute will conduct a survey of the Maldivian reefs between January and February of 2020. For the first time in our history, this joint project will also be launching a series of expeditions to survey the marine life of the Maldives, the first of which has commenced today. Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture, Minister Zaha Waheed visited the boat Carpe Diem, the allocated vessel for the expedition, and met with the participants of the expedition.
Maldives joined the Blue Prosperity Coalition after the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding at the 74th Annual Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). At the signing ceremony, His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih stated that it is imperative for the economic growth of the Maldives to concur in harmony with ocean-friendly practices.
In accordance to the MoU signed between the Government of Maldives and the Blue Prosperity Coalition, the Coalition will assist in developing a Marine Spatial Plan in order to establish a thriving Blue Economy in the Maldives. This joint expedition by the Blue Prosperity Coalition and the MMRI will be joined by scientists from the Coalition, staff of the MMRI, and staff of the various NGO’s that work in the conservation of the environment and our oceans. This expedition will span 26 days in which the participants will conduct surveys of the atolls of Maldives. Additionally, another expedition is planned to survey the deep seas and the shallow waters of the Maldives in order to obtain the important scientific data required for the Blue Economy policy of the Maldives.
The journey of the expedition will be regularly updated on Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag “#KanduFalhuDhiraasaa”. Updates regarding the work of the Blue Prosperity Coalition in Maldives will be under the hashtag “#NooRaajje”.