Richest Water Reserves
The Baa Atoll in Maldives has been declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve – an area of natural excellence recognized for its unique harmony between man and nature.
It now joins an illustrious list of international Biosphere Reserves including the Central Amazon (Brazil), Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), Niagara Escarpment (Canada) and Yellowstone National Park (United States), among others.
UNESCO recognized the Baa Atoll’s “great potential for demonstrating sustainable development throughout the Maldives and the region, while relying on a green economy”, during the 40th anniversary of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Program in Dresden, Germany recently.
World Biosphere Reserves are places where conservation, research and development successfully interconnect. The Baa Atoll is home to some of the richest waters in the Maldives. It is home to 12,000 people distributed across 13 populated islands and six resorts. The atoll is one of the most biodiverse in the Maldives with high concentrations of manta rays, whale sharks and turtles, and a number of species of coral and sea slugs are unique to the area. The renowned manta ray and whale shark feeding site of Hanifaru Bay is one of the core protected areas of the Reserve.