Dean of Faculty of Education and UNDP Resident Representative signing the MoU. Photo: UNDP Maldives 2013.

MoU signed between the Maldives National University and UNDP in support of conserving mangroves

25 Jun 2013

The Faculty of Education of the Maldives National University (MNU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to undertake a project that aims to create awareness and appreciation towards the ecological, social and economic benefits that can be derived from mangroves.

The MoU was signed following the successful micro-capital grant agreement between MNU and UNDP, under which grant funds will be provided by the Mangroves for the Future Programme. 

The grant proposal from MNU, titled ““Biodiversity Assessment & Ecological Valuation of Huraa Mangrove: A case study of ecological, social & economic perspectives” focuses on  Kaafu Atoll Huraa island, and aims to introduce economic valuation as a form of conservation strategy of wetlands. The project will undertake a comparison of the economic value of the mangrove ecosystem, and focuses on three key objectives;

•    Calculating the existence and the biodiversity value of the present mangrove ecosystem of Huraa
•    Determining the non-marketable service value of the Huraa mangrove ecosystem, and
•    In-depth study of the mangrove and development of literature on Huraa mangroves that could be used by university students as a reference.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, the Dean of Faculty of Education, Dr. Ali Shareef, stated that this opportunity will allow the university to engage more on research on the environment, a strategic direction of MNU.

“This research would be critical to the country, to shed light on the importance of mangrove biodiversity and conservation, and to promote understanding of their values, functions and attributes. Mangroves and such ecosystems play a vital role in providing important ecological services and livelihoods for communities,” said UNDP Resident Representative, Tony Lisle.

Contact Information

Aminath Ibrahim, Communication Officer, (+960) 3343285, aminath.ibrahim@undp.org