Maldivian reefs have sustained severe damage due to rising sea levels and high temperatures. Learn about the rehabilitation of these reefs and how you can contribute to such endeavours.
What are Coral Reefs?
Even though most have heard about the wonderful coral reefs and house reefs in Maldives, many do not know the exact nature of a coral reef and believe it to be a form of theplant. However, corals are actually animals even though it looks like a single ‘plant’.
Why do Corals Need Rehabilitation?
The coral reefs were first damaged in 1998 due to the El Nino phenomenon: El Nino caused a change in ocean patterns which resulted in the increase of the ocean temperature to over ninety degrees.
Join in the Program
Visitors can volunteer to take part in coral planting efforts by signing up with local organizations and taking an active role in the replanting and coral adoption program. Maldives Island resorts the likes of Amaya Kuda Rah offers coral planting programmes that you can get involved in.
The Maldives parliament passed the Environment Protection Act in 1993, one of the most important pieces of legislation in the country that made it possible to establish protected areas and nature reserves to manage the country’s marine environment.