We have some sad news, unfortunately some times NGO work is hard with financial and personnel constraints causing some real challenges and difficult situations as a result. As such, due to some technical difficulties a large amount of coverage has gone missing from our site, though we have thankfully managed to secure back our domain. Nevertheless, nearly all of our events and activities have been covered on social media and can be perused on our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook channels at any time. The good news is that the website is being rebuild and will be up before the end of the year. Meanwhile, we are putting together highlights from 2015 through till 2019 and will be up on this blog shortly.
We are thrilled to announce the signing of an agreement between Save the Beach Maldives and Albatros Top Boat, who have been actively engaged in research, teaching and training on the marine environment of Maldives for the past 19 years in association with University of Genoa in Italy.
The agreement aims to promote educational and research activities, knowledge sharing and dissemination through creating specific projects.
Albatros Top Boat has organized an annual expedition in Maldives in collaboration with University of Genoa, where scientists and research students study various marine areas and have collected data for nearly two decades. They have published one book on their findings and published several articles over this time. Among their most exciting discoveries was the blue hole, which the team thoroughly studied to conclude that it had once been a cave above ground.
We are excited that this partnership which will seek to train and involve locals in this very important research. The partnership also plans to develop programs that will run continuously throughout the year.
The second Annual General Meeting of Save the Beach Maldives was held on 11 November 2015 at Save the Beach’s headquarters in Villimale’.
Plans for next year were discussed and approved by members and volunteers.
Much thanks to all members and volunteers who have agreed to assist with next year’s projects and to all those who have been continuously contributing their time, efforts and ideas on behalf of the board of Save the Beach Maldives.
For a turquoise tomorrow!
Save the Beach Maldives signed a Memorandum of Understanding with local tour operator Secret Paradise to provide a tour highlighting the environmental challenges unique to the developing islands of Maldives. The tour also highlights efforts to conserve and protect the environment as well as providing an opportunity to contribute actively to such efforts.
We did a clean up with Maldives Transport and Contracting Company MTCC and Anti Corruption Commission ACC in Villimale’ this Saturday 22nd August 2015. WHILE MTCC were active on the eastern side of the island, ACC collected their trash from the southern side of the island.The MTCC clean up was a challenge of segregating waste collected on the beach. More than 401 kgs of waste was collected and most of it were recyclable plastic and metals.
The ACC too sorted their waste during collection. This sorting during collection is an effort to introduce the idea of segregation as a first step to proper waste management.
It is fantastic that more and more corporates want to get involved in the fight against littering and coastal pollution! Thanks to MTCC, ACC and our volunteers who participated.
It was an afternoon well spent, and fun day.
The team of Save Beach Maldives would like to extend special thanks to the following individuals and organisations for their contributions, time and effort in making this event and project a success.
For supporting StB Maldives’ Reef Monitoring and Rehabilitation Project and for assisting the organization from the beginning of the project;
Thoriq Ibrahim – Minister for Environment & Energy, Ibrahim Nizam – Deputy Minister for Environment & Energy, Ali Mishal – Environment Protection Agency
For their consultancy, advice & guidance;
Hussein Zahir – Consultant, Lamer
Dr. Mizna – Post Graduate Research Centre MNU, Dr. Shazla Dean for Faculty of Science Maldives National University
Dr. Naseer – Permanent Secretary Ministry of Fisheries & Agriculture
For guiding & supporting 1NCR event;
Mohamed Aseel – Deputy MD of MMPRC, Ibrahim Asim – Deputy Director of MMPRC,
For dive support & leadership;
Mohamed Azmee – 9 Star Diving
Dr. Shammaa Hameed – Dean for Faculty of Marine Studies at Villa
Adam Ashraf – Dive Desk
Fayyaz – Diver’s Lodge
For always supporting the cause;
Ahmed Nihan – MP Villimale’
Shaahina – Seaexplorers
Musthaq – Maldivers
Maeed – Ecocare
Ammadey – Scouts
For wholeheartedly volunteering & believing in the power of the community;
Shammaan (dive desk)
Adam (mc rooster)
To our event partners;
Ministry of Environment & Energy & Maldives Marketing & PR Cooporation – Organising & Promoting partner
Ministry of Education, Environment Protection Agency, Marine Research Centre, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Youth & Sports, Coast Guard, Marine Police, Maldivian Red Crescent, Maldives National Defence Force, Maldives Police Service – Associate partners
TVM – Broadcasting partner
Multimarine Services – Underwater Videography
Skyvu – Aerial photography
Sun Online – News partner
Mv Hotels – Media partner
Liquid water sports & Hulhumale’ Rowing Club – Watersports partner
Project Isle – Stage managing partner
Event Maldives – Lights & Sound partner
Light & Sound – Stage building partner
Do AV – Projection partner
Direct Logistics – Logistics
MTCC – Travel partner
Hotel Jen – Hotel partner
MWSC – water & recycling partner
Effect – Energy partner
Smak – Beverage partner
Seamark – Reefscaping partner
La Mer – Consulting partner
M7 – printing partner
Blak – Managing partner
Maldives Airports Company Limited – Gateway partner
Tukish Airlines – Airline partner
Nalahiya – Supply partner
RCnC – Building partner
9 Star Diving, Dive Desk, Faculty of Marine Studies Villa College, Divers Lodge, Watertribe Nation, Dive Association of Maldives, MARE – Dive partners
Dhiraagu – Telecommunications partner
UNDP GEF SGP
Bandos Island Resort
We wish the experience was an enjoyable one for everyone as it was for us, and we hope you will continue your support of the project to rehabilitate and protect the reefs of Villimale’.
Thank you all for making 1 Nation Coral Revival a success!
Team of Save the Beach Maldives
Save the Beach Maldives is looking of a enthusiastic individual who cares about the environment to work on our One Nation Coral Revival event team as an ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT.
Contract Duration: 1 Month
Salary: MVR 5000
Applicants must have completed a Diploma and have at least 2 years work experience. Ideal candidates must be skilled at drafting and administration as well as organising. Must be fluent in English and Dhivehi.
Please email your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call 770 3670 or 742 8225 for more information.
Save the Beach Maldives, in Association with local NGO Gemana and Villimale’ dive centre, Nine Star Diving, hosted a Reef Check training session this weekend. Starting from 9 am onwards on Friday 27 Feb 2015 the sessions included classroom and assessment time. On Saturday, the sessions focused on assessments and mock surveying.
All participants passed with excellence and are now certified Eco Divers. This training was conducted in order to carry out Reef Check at Villimale’ reefs. Reef Check will be conducted in Villimale’ regularly.
The Reef Monitoring and Rehabilitation Programme of Save the Beach Maldives is currently in full swing and the Reef Check trainings are part of the programme. Also part of the programme is the all mega coral planting event, ONE NATION CORAL REVIVAL, to be held on 5th & 6th of June this year. Preparations are being made as large numbers are anticipated with the participation of local celebrities and prominent members of society.