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Maldives to Become World's Largest Marine Reserve PR Newswire RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20, 2012 RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- President

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Maldives to Become World's Largest Marine
Reserve
PR Newswire
RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20, 2012
RIO DE JANEIRO
,
June 20, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- President Waheed has today
announced that the whole of the
Maldives
will become a marine reserve by
2017.
The commitment would see the
Maldives
become the first country in the world
to become a marine reserve.
Marine reserve status for all 1,192 islands is likely to attract international
investment in pilot schemes to explore new approaches to conservation and
sustainability.
A number of islands in the
Maldives
are Biosphere Reserves. In
July 2011
Baa
Atoll which consists of 75 islands, was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
and the Government is working to ensure it maintains this status. It is a model
that can be replicated throughout the rest of the
Maldives
.
President Waheed, who made the commitment while addressing the Rio +20
UN Conference on Sustainable Development, said, "I take this opportunity to
announce my Government's commitment to make the entire
Maldives
, by
2017, the first country in the world to become, as a nation as a whole, a marine
reserve."
The President went on to say, "This commitment reflects our respect for our
unique natural environment. We have taken these measures to protect our
coral reefs, lagoons, coral islands and coral sand beaches. The
Maldives
will
take any action necessary to ensure our future."
CONTACT
Masood Imad
Media Secretary
President's Office
Male, Maldive
Mobile: +960-777-4018
Email :
Masood.imad@po.gov.mv
masoodimad@gmail.com