Project

Enhancing National Development through Environmentally Resilient Islands (ENDhERI)

05 Oct 2021

This project aims to assist the government of the Maldives in its implementation of new environmental policies and transition towards national adoption of Green Growth atoll development that will sustain marine Natural Capital and strengthen the resilience and recovery of reef ecosystems.

 

Project Timeline

26 Sep 2022

Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF) Workshop

ENDhERI project held a workshop for the Island Councils of Laamu on the project’s Environmental and Social Management Framework (ESMF). ESMF serves to identify and mitigate potential environmental and societal impacts arising from project activities.
During the workshop participants were thoroughly informed on the Grievance Redress Mechanisms available to them through the project’s ESMF, which sets out the process to address concerns from the communities with transparent decision-making and with involvement of all relevant stakeholders.
Information was also provided on the various tools that are utilised alongside the ESMF such as the Stakeholder Engagement Plan, Gender Action Plan and the Communication and Outreach Plan. 18 participants from the atoll's island councils and council secretariats participated in this workshop.

26 Sep 2022

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13 Jun 2022

Mangroves, Wetlands and Nature Parks Experience Tour in Addu and Fuahmulah

ENDhERI project hosted a contingent of island council and Women's Development Committee members from Laamu Atoll on a tour of mangroves, wetlands and nature parks in Addu Atoll and Fuvahmulah.
The second such tour arranged by the project, these tours were arranged to facilitate the local government of Laamu to gain exposure and experience on established best practices of protected area management in the Maldives.
This trip also included meetings with city councils of both Addu and Fuvahmulah and presentations from officials involved in the establishment and operation of these Nature Parks.
This round of the tour included guided stops at Addu Nature Park in Hithadhoo, Mathikilhi Eco Garden in Hulhumeedhoo, and Dhadimagi, Bandaara and Kodakilhi wetlands in Fuvahmulah

13 Jun 2022

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30 May 2022

Small Grants Information Workshop

A workshop was held to inform Women’s Development Committees, school management officials and civil societies from Laamu atoll about the small grants initiative that would be soon launched by ENDhERI project.

Over 40 participants from islands of Laamu attended this workshop where information was provided on the intention and scope of small grants, small grant application process, and proposal evaluation criteria.

Grants amounting to a total of over MVR 2.2 million would be distributed to support and implement the projects on specific focal areas which include protected area management, citizen science activities, agricultural diversification and sustainable fisheries.

30 May 2022

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15 May 2022

Environmental Awareness Session for Students – Leg 2

Environmental awareness sessions for students from grade 6 to 9 were completed for rest of the schools in Laamu.

Sessions were conducted in Isdhoo, Kalaidhoo, Dhanbidhoo, Maabaidhoo, Mundoo, Maamendhoo, Hithadhoo, Kunahandhoo and Maavah.

A total of 340 students participated in these sessions, which covered the importance of environmental conservation, protected areas in the atoll, and issues of water and waste management.

15 May 2022

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18 Apr 2022

Environmental Awareness Session for Students – Leg 1

Environmental awareness sessions were held for students from grade 6 to 9 of three schools in Laamu Gan and Fonadhoo.

Sessions were conducted in Ihaddhoo School, Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani school and Laamu Atoll Education Center.

Over 90 students participated in these sessions, which covered the importance of environmental conservation, protected areas in the atoll, and issues of water and waste management.

18 Apr 2022

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24 Mar 2022

Multi-stakeholder Workshop on Ecosystem Conservation and Management

A multi-stakeholder workshop on ecosystem conservation and management was held in Laamu to following the recent designation of six environmentally protected areas of Laamu Atoll.

More than 50 participants from all islands of Laamu, representing the island councils, women’s development committees, civil societies, school management, law enforcement agencies and utility providers took part in this one day workshop, where facilitators from MECCT and EPA conducted sessions such as ecosystem services and benefits to the local communities, relevant legal and institutional frameworks, enforcement, capacity needs and financing.

At the workshop’s conclusion, participants discussed and presented their vision, plans and challenges for Laamu atoll protected areas management.

24 Mar 2022

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13 Feb 2022

ENDhERI Project sensitization – Round 2

ENDhERI project continued project sensitization in Laamu atoll, visiting the islands of Fonadhoo, Maamendhoo, Hithadhoo, Maavah, Kunahandhoo and Dhanbidhoo to inform the councils, women’s development committees and local communities about project objectives, scope and ongoing and upcoming activities.

13 Feb 2022

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27 Feb 2022

ENDhERI Project sensitization – Round 1

ENDhERI project conducted the first round of project sensitization in Laamu atoll, visiting the islands of Gan, Isdhoo, Kalaidhoo, Maabaidhoo and Mundoo to inform the councils, women’s development committees and local communities about project objectives, scope and ongoing and upcoming activities.

27 Feb 2022

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07 Feb 2022

Mangroves, Wetlands and Nature Parks Experience Tour in Addu and Fuahmulah

ENDhERI project hosted a contingent of island and atoll council members from Laamu Atoll on a tour of mangroves, wetlands and nature parks in Addu Atoll and Fuahmulah.

This tour was arranged to facilitate the local government of Laamu to gain exposure and experience on established best practices of protected area management in the Maldives, and included meetings with Addu Atoll and Fuahmulah city councils as well as presentation from park staff and officials from EPA involved in the establishment of these Nature Parks.

This round of the tour targeted councils whose jurisdiction include the recently designated environmentally protected areas in Laamu and similar experience tours have been scheduled for later this year for rest of the island councils.

07 Feb 2022

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01 Dec 2021

Laamu Atoll Environmental Awareness KAP Survey

A Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices survey on environmental awareness among the island communities of Laamu atoll was conducted. The survey covered 10 out of the 11 inhabited islands in the atoll, and interviewed over 1000 respondents. Information was collected on media consumption habits, level of knowledge on environmental affairs, attitudes concerning environmental conservation efforts in the country and respondent’s own practices that impact the environment.

Analysis of the data collected would be used in guiding the development of the project’s communication plan, and to set baseline benchmarks to evaluate project performance. A similar end line KAP survey would be administered at the project’s close.

01 Dec 2021

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07 Jul 2021

ENDhERI Project inception workshop

Enhancing National Development through Environmentally Resilient Islands (ENDhERI) project held its inception meeting. The meeting was inaugurated by the Minister of State for Environment, Climate Change and Technology Dr. Abdulla Naseer.

ENDhERI project aims to assist the government of the Maldives in its implementation of new environmental policies and transition towards national adoption of Green Growth atoll development that will sustain marine Natural Capital and strengthen the resilience and recovery of reef ecosystems.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Naseer spoke on the importance of adopting Natural Capital accounting and the current challenges faced in the Maldives with the lack of technical expertise to establish NC accounting systems. ENDhERI project plans to alleviate these difficulties by conducting both capacity building and public awareness programs.

01 Sep 2021

Zonation and mapping of proposed protected areas in Laamu Atoll

Zonation and mapping of proposed protected areas in Laamu atoll were conducted with surveyors from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During this trip, zonation and ground truth mapping were conducted for the Kulhi in Hithadhoo, Koaru in Maabaidhoo, turtle nesting beach, seagrass, mangroves and vegetation in Gaadhoo, and Boda Fendagu in Gan, and further surveying was conducted on areas of Fushi Kandu and Fushi Island with Vadinolhu Kandu Olhi.

This survey would produce geographically referenced maps that includes key data for all the seven sites.

04 Aug 2021

Laamu Atoll Project Implementation Unit was established in Fonadhoo

The unit comprises a Project Coordinator and a Project Administrative Assistant who are permanently based in Laamu atoll.

14 Jul 2021

1st steering committee meeting

The first meeting of the ENDhERI project’s steering committee was held. The meeting was chaired by the Minister of State for Environment, Climate Change and Technology, Dr. Abdulla Naseer. In his opening remarks Dr. Naseer noted that projects such as this required close cooperation and participation of a large number of agencies, and highlighted the importance of discussions and deliberations that was made possible through the committee.

At the meeting ENDhERI project’s objectives and main components were shared with the committee members, and the annual work plan and budget were approved.

02 Oct 2021

FPIC and Resource Usage consultations regarding proposed protected areas in Laamu Atoll

Meetings to obtain Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and gather information on the resource usage at the proposed protected areas in Laamu atoll were conducted in the islands of Laamu atoll Hithadhoo, Maabaidhoo and Gan. Discussions were held with the island councils, Women’s Development Committees, utilities, government institutions and NGOS.

Teams from ENDhERI and the EPA also visited L. Maavah to demarcate mangrove boundary and conduct stakeholder consultation regarding restoration and management of Maavah mangrove.

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