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MIMA to render expert services to an international marine study

MIMA researcher to work on an IUCN International Marine Project

Head of the Centre for Coastal and Marine Environment MIMA, Cheryl Rita Kaur will be engaging with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on an international marine project.

Created in 1948, IUCN has evolved into the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network and is the global authority on environmental conservation and safeguarding measures. The areas of expertise revolve around six commissions dedicated to species survival, environmental law, protected areas, social and economic policy, ecosystem management, as well as education and communication. The ability to convene diverse stakeholders and provide the latest science, objective recommendations and expertise drives IUCN’s mission of informing and empowering conservation efforts.

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The SAMPA area is rich with its thriving marine flora and fauna

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Engaged under the Maldives National Biosphere Reserve in collaboration with IUCN and Maldives Ministry of Environmental and Energy (MEE), Cheryl Rita will be primarily assist the development of a management plan for the South Ari Atoll Marine Protected Area (SAMPA).

The SAMPA continues to witness increasing marine-based tourism activities; however it is without a management plan covering strategies to limit the effects of human activities on the natural resources. This endeavour therefore aims to communicate the goals and management objectives of the MPA, articulate a long-term management and monitoring strategies, and stipulate the general guidance relating to the MPA for safety and wellbeing of the users, environmental and natural resources found in the area.

The larger scope of the SAMPA assessment would be covered under the Project REGENERATE, funded by USAID to strengthen sustainable management of coastal resources, as well as strengthening economic, social and environmental resilience to the adverse effects of climate change in Maldives. A series of stakeholder consultations will be arranged for the purpose of the engagements. 

As a Centre of Excellence (CoE), MIMA has been active in the Indian Ocean Region mainly through the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). This endeavour is even greater recognition of MIMA’s expertise in the marine environmental field.

MIMA is honoured to be increasingly engaged in such efforts at the regional and international levels.  

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