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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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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