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MALDIVES

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Healthy oceans,
thriving communities

NOO

RAAJJE

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Noo Raajje is a partnership between the Government of the Maldives and the Blue Prosperity Coalition to protect the ocean and its resources in order to build a bright future for communities, the economy, and the environment.

 

The program will also promote the advancement of Maldivian ocean science and stewardship through research, education, capacity building, and outreach, including collaborating with and providing support to local scientists and civil society. 

Learn more by visiting NooRaajje.org and follow Noo Raajje on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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FOUNDING

PARTNERS

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KEY

STATISTICS

ocean protection committment

20%

of Maldivian territory is ocean

99%

89%

of GDP is supported by marine biodiversity

 

PROJECT

TIMELINE

 
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MOU

GOVERNANCE & WORK PLANNING

ASSESSMENTS

PLANNING & LEGAL DEVELOPMENT

IMPLEMENTATION

PROJECT

MILESTONES

2019

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MOU is signed between the Government of the Maldives and the Blue Prosperity Coalition.

2020

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Virtual public launch broadcasted online and on Maldivian television.

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2021

Two scientific expeditions were completed to form the first archipelago-wide assessment of the Maldives.

2021

Marine science stewardship program kicks off.

 
 

SITE

TEAM

SITE MANAGER

FATHIMATH NISTHARAN

Fathimath "Nisthu" Nistharan is highly passionate about the marine environment with a keen interest in Protected Area Management and Marine Spatial Planning. Since 2014, she worked with coral reef mapping while working with the IUCN Maldives, in collaboration with the Government of Maldives, under Project REGENERATE, funded by the USAID. She worked as a lecturer at the Maldives National University for the Bachelor of Environment Management Programme and served as an exchange lecturer to the University of Milano-Bicocca in Milan, Italy under an Erasmus+ fellowship. She is well versed in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and is experienced in Maldivian Marine Spatial Planning.

 

Nisthu supported the Government of Maldives in establishing the Rasdhoo-Madivaru Protected Area, developed cartography for the Maldives as a Biosphere Reserve Plan, and coordinated between the various Government agencies to aggregate spatial data for the Maldives National GIS Database. She holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Management in Sustainable Development from Bond University, Australia and a Bachelor of Science (Hons) Degree in Computer Science & Software Engineering from Asia Pacific Institute for Information Technology,  Malaysia (in affiliation with Staffordshire University, UK).

PROGRAM COORDINATOR

MOOSA ZAMEER HASSAN

Previously having worked for the Maldives Civil Service, Moosa is well acquainted with public administration, strategic planning, tourism development, and environmental management.

 

Moosa holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning specializing in Tourism Planning from the International Islamic University Malaysia and a Bachelor of Science (Hon) degree in Environmental Science from the Bristol University of the West of England, UK.

 

He has wide interests in working with government agencies and local communities, planning for sustainable tourism, climate change, and biodiversity conservation, as well as environmental education and assessments.

ADMINISTRATIVE COORDINATOR

MAEESHA MOHAMED 

Maeesha has a background in environmental management and marine conservation, having worked in the field for past 6+ years since graduating from University. She previously interned with several conservation organizations including the Maldives Whale Shark Research Program and the IUCN Maldives.

 

Before joining the Noo Raajje Program, she also worked for The Manta Trust as the Assistant Project Manager for Thaa and Laamu Atolls, conducting research and community outreach and education for conservation of her favorite marine animals and their habitats – manta rays. Maeesha has a major interest in coral reef research and has previously worked as the Liaison Officer and the Coral Component Coordinator for the Climate Change Adaptation Project, administered by the World Bank and implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Energy. There, she worked closely with the Maldives Marine Research Institute and other stakeholders to standardize the coral reef monitoring protocols for the National Coral Reef Monitoring Framework (NCRMF). During this time she was also responsible for developing policy briefs to help mainstream the NCRMF and the CoralDatabase.

KEY

PARTNERS

MALDIVES MARINE RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Through proper scientific research, the Maldives Marine Research Institute (MMRI) serves as an important resource to assist the government, industry and the public in making informed decisions about the rational utilization of the country’s marine resources. MMRI is a contributor and disseminator of knowledge that creates public awareness about the marine environment, which is critical to the well being of the nation.

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"71% of Maldivians rely on the ocean for their primary source of income. It's imperative that we protect the health of our oceans now and for the future."

- His Excellency President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

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REPORTS &

RESOURCES

LINKS

SCIENTIFIC & TECHNICAL REPORTS

Coming soon.