ICONS Association Launches "Nature Line" Project for Coastal Conservation Supported by Australia

February 10, 2024

NGO ICONS Association of Baa Atoll Hithaadhoo island has embarked on a pioneering initiative aimed at conserving its fragile coastal ecosystems through its "Nature Line" project, generously supported by the Australian, Ooredoo Maldives, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the Maldives. 

The initiative focuses on exploring innovative approaches to integrate mangrove ecosystems into tetrapods lining endangered coastal regions. This strategic endeavor aligns with conservation efforts and underscores the commitment of key stakeholders to protect and preserve vulnerable coastal habitats.

ICONS Association’s “Nature Line” initiative is a winning idea from the Miyaheli 2022 social innovation challenge - CSO Edition. The generous backing from Australia and Ooredoo Maldives has facilitated the realization of this ambitious conservation initiative, marking a significant milestone in advancing environmental sustainability in the island.

To commemorate the launch of the initiative, Australian High Commissioner to Maldives, H.E. David Jessup, alongside representatives from UNDP Maldives, graced the event in Baa Hithaadhoo. Their presence underscored the importance of collaborative partnerships in driving forward impactful initiatives that address pressing environmental challenges.

The "Nature Line" initiative stands as a testament to the power of collective action and innovation in tackling environmental conservation. Through strategic collaborations and concerted efforts, the project aims to safeguard coastal ecosystems, mitigate the impacts of climate change, and foster sustainable development in Maldives islands and beyond.

With the unwavering support of partners like Australia, the "Nature Line" project holds promise as a model for sustainable coastal conservation initiatives worldwide.