Maldives Mangrove Restoration





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Project Description

Region: Asia

Country: Maldives

Location: Sh.Feydhoo

Total Budget: $31,322

Areas of Focus: Community economic development, The environment


In Maldives, we are blessed with ecologically rich ecosystems such as vibrant coral reefs, sandy coastal zones, mangroves and wetlands. Among these, mangrove and wetland ecosystems are intertwined in many ways with the livelihood and well-being of local communities. The science is clear. Wetlands are the most effective carbon sinks on our planet. In Maldives, the carbon sequestration potential of wetlands may not be as significant due to extremely small size of these ecosystems but these in-land ecosystems offer a cost-effective strategy for climate change adaptation through their function in flood control, soil erosion control, groundwater recharge, biodiversity conservation, and livelihood support. The benefits are clear. They are critical for climate adaptation and building resilience.

As Maldives is geographically scattered, it takes a lot of resources to manage and monitor protected areas and important ecosystems such as mangroves centrally. And the best management of island ecosystem should come from the communities themselves and increasing community participation in conservation is part of the new decentralization act. We witnessed the success story of first established wetland nature parks, during the covid-19 lockdown, when communities belonging to islands with presence of wetlands-initiated community-based wetland management and establishing their own wetland nature parks. What is required is more ambition to urgently amplify such initiatives and apply economic and financial incentives for the communities to use wetlands wisely. This is a complex and continually evolving task that requires skill, dedication and resources to carry out effectively.

Hence, this project aims to establish a community-based mangrove management system in two islands of Maldives, HA.Thakandhoo and Sh. Feydhoo.

Restoration of the two Mangrove ecosystem requires behavioural change through community empowerment and awareness in these two islands. A 1-year pilot project with this approach is envisioned with some restoration field activities such as removal of accumulated silt in one of the mangrove areas.

This project would consist of 6 parallel, interconnected initiatives:

1. Develop an island level mangrove awareness program for both community, students and visitors

2. Establishing a mangrove nursery in Sh. Feydhoo (to distribute burugueira cylindrica seedlings to mangrove die-off islands in North of Maldives),

3. Development of a mangrove tour guide certification level module and rolling out of the Tour guide certification training among registered wetland rangers, park wardens and tour guide selected from islands that already have an established mangrove/wetland park,

4. Clean up the mangrove areas in both islands with local community and volunteers and Involving the school community in hands on wetlands clean ups and solutions workshops on World Wetlands Day as a Wetlands Festival

5. Removal of excessive sediments in HA. Thakandhoo mangrove waterbody and improve hydraulic connectivity.

6. Livelihood training programme and market linkages established for informal women workers (women who are not registered and who earn from resource extraction from mangrove, and

7. Introduction of eco-tourism concepts such as recreational boating and boardwalks for economic incentive for local communities in both islands.

All these are scalable inputs which could be replicated in other islands depending on the success of this pilot project

Primary Host Partner

District: 3220

Rotary Club of: Malé

Primary Contact: Aimon Jameel

Email: aimonjml@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 9110

Rotary Club of: Onigbongbo

Primary Contact: James Olajide Ajayi

Email: jamesajayi@gmail.com

Project Status

Application Sent
This project is "Application Sent". This means the application has been sent to The Rotary Foundation, waiting to be approved.

Project listed for the 2022-23 Rotary Year.

The TRF Grant application number is #2237892.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Malé (3220)





District 9212 DDF





Powell River (5040)





Bombay (3141)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $500 by Diana Rivera of the Rotary Club of Cali-Norte, District 4281.


by James Olajide Ajayi

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 by James Olajide Ajayi of the Rotary Club of Onigbongbo, District 9110.


by Aimon Jameel

System Entry: Pledge of $2,000 DDF by Peter Mbui of District 9212.


by Aimon Jameel

System Entry: Pledge of $772 by Bente Hansen of the Rotary Club of Powell River, District 5040.


by Aimon Jameel

System Entry: Pledge of $10,000 with $2,000 DDF by Sandip Agarwalla of the Rotary Club of Bombay, District 3141.


by Aimon Jameel

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Aimon Jameel

System Entry: Application Sent to The Rotary Foundation through Member Access.

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