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The Maldives Conservation Portal is an open-access, public resource for conservation science in the Maldives. The portal acts as a centralized platform that includes all research and conservation activities run in the country, and one that brings together projects promoted by governmental and non-governmental agencies. Through this portal, all citizens can learn how to become actively involved in marine conservation in the Maldives, and can have an understanding of how the information is used to improve management strategies of natural resources.

The Maldives Conservation Portal is part of Project REGENERATE, a joint initiative of IUCN Marine Maldives Projects, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture, Marine Research Center and Environmental Protection Agency funded by the USAID. Through this portal, project REGENERATE aims at 1) enhancing generation of knowledge and science associated with marine resources of the Maldives to apply resilience-based management; and 2) facilitating access to information for all people interested in conservation activities in the Maldives.

Participating organisations

IUCN

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. It supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world and brings governments, non-government organisations, United Nations agencies, companies and local communities together to develop and implement policy, laws and best practice.

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Ministry of Environment and Energy

The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MEE) is mandated with the development and implementation of policies, projects and regulations regarding climate change, water, wastage, sewerage, meteorology, energy and biodiversity in the Maldives. The ministry is tasked with implementing the terms of relevant international treaties and conventions that Maldives has ratified. The Ministry also oversees the the Maldives Meteorological Service, Environmental Protection Agency, Maldives Energy Authority and South Maalhosmadulu Biosphere Reserve Office.

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Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture

The mission of the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture (MoFA) is to ensure development and sustainable management of marine and agricultural resources of the country. MoFA is the lead institution which facilitates the development of fisheries and agriculture sector, while conserving the natural resources by catalyzing, supporting and accelerating the sustainable management of these two sectors in order to secure a better socio-economic standard and future for the Maldivian people.

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Marine Research Center

The Marine Research Center (MRC) was created to assist the government, industry and the public in making informed decisions about the rational utilization of the country’s marine resources through proper scientific research, and to be a contributor and disseminator of knowledge about the marine environment.The center’s mission is to undertake policy driven strategic research, particularly on fisheries resources, mariculture and coral reefs, and make relevant information available to authorities for sustainable management of the resources.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a legal regulatory entity, working under the supervision of a governing body under the Ministry of Environment and Energy. The EPA Governing Board is a statutory body, established under the Environment Protection Act, with expertise in environment protection, industry, environmental science, regional issues, environmental law and local government.

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Faculty of Science, Maldives National University

Inaugurated in January 2014, the Faculty of Science of the Maldives National University aims at establishing a center recognised nationally and internationally for quality teaching, scholarship and academic research. Among the undergraduate programs to be offered initially by the Faculty of Science is a Bachelor of Environmental Science. In addition, postgraduate programs to be offered include Masters of Science in Computing and Master of Science in Environmental Management.

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Generously supported by

USAID

USAID’s mission statement highlights two complementary and intrinsically linked goals: ending extreme poverty and promoting the development of resilient, democratic societies that are able to realize their potential.

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