UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Maldives
The whole of the Baa Atoll is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Maldives. It was declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in June 2011. World Biosphere Reserves are declared where conservation, research and development have managed to successfully combine. They integrate biological and cultural diversity, linking core protected areas with zones where sustainable development, and innovative methods to it, are fostered, tested and developed by locals and businesses alike. It is an area of natural excellence recognised for its unique harmony between man and nature. During its election at the 40th anniversary of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme in Dresden, Germany, UNESCO recognised the Baa Atoll’s great potential for establishing balanced development throughout the Maldives, while relying on a green economy.
Baa Atoll consists of three separate natural atolls, nine inhabited islands and eight resort islands. It has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve due to the representative of the Maldives’ high diversity of reef animals, with stony and soft corals, reef associated fish species, marine turtles, manta rays and whale sharks. It is thought to be one the few places in the world where Whale Sharks meet to mate. Manta Rays our regularly seen with some of the largest gatherings of worldwide, up to one hundred individuals at a time. There is an enormous amount of on going research and projects to ensure the preservation and protection of this beautiful environment and the species that inhabit it. A great deal of pioneering and ground breaking work has been done by all of the resorts in the Baa Atoll and in particular the Marine Research Centre at Four Seasons Resort Landaa Giraavaru and Soneva Fushi.
Should you want to visit the UNESCO biosphere reserve Maldives, then you can stay at one of these fifteen resorts.
Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru
Reethi Beach Resort
Royal Island Resort & Spa Maldives
Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu