Biosphere Expeditions launch reef educational booklet for Maldivian children and scholarship programme for adults
Renowned international conservation organisation Biosphere Expeditions together with its partners Six Senses Resorts & Spas and LaMer will launch a new reef educational booklet for Maldivian children on 3 September in Male’ and hand 2000 copies over to the Ministry of Education.
Biosphere Expeditions and Six Senses Resorts & Spas have also teamed up to create two scholarships for Maldivians to take part in Biosphere Expeditions’ coral reef & whale shark study being conducted in September 2011. The scholarship recipients will be introduced to the media during the 3 September Male’ press conference also.
Dr. Matthias Hammer, biologist and Executive Director of Biosphere Expeditions, says “The coral reefs of the Maldives archipelago and the fish populations that live amongst them are extraordinarily diverse and rich. They are also in a relatively pristine state and having both these factors together is quite rare. As less than one per cent of the world’s oceans are protected, it is very important that we monitor and manage areas that are doing well. This is especially true for the Maldives, where the economy and well-being of an entire nation is largely dependent on a healthy & sustainably managed marine environment. We are delighted to be working with the Maldivian government, local children and adults to carry this message all over the Maldives through our educational booklets and scholarships. We are also very grateful to Six Senses Resorts & Spas for their investment and support in this project over four years.”
Kate Wilson, Six Senses marine biologist based at Soneva Fushi says “The educational story book has been designed to inspire the younger generation on the wealth of marine life of Maldivian reefs. The book explains how climate change and various other impacts are putting increasing pressure on these ecosystems –the aim is to inspire children to look after their reefs and understand a bit more about marine protected areas and how each and every one of us can reduce our impact. The scholarships will allow Maldivians to work alongside and learn from some top marine biologists, enabling them to get hands on experience of monitoring coral reef ecosystems in the Maldives. It is a fantastic opportunity for keen and enthusiastic divers that want to develop skills in marine surveying, enabling them to continue surveying long after the scholarship ends. Six Senses are thrilled to be working with Biosphere Expeditions who will be contributing vital data to the Maldives government on coral reef health”.