|Reef Clean-up Project
This was a project launched on the first
Environment Day of the new millennium,
June 5, 2000. This project was continued
till June 2002 jointly by Maldivers, Bluepeace
and Studio One.
Reef Clean-up 2000
History and Position to Date
Reef Clean-up programs had been conducted
as part of annual World Environment Day
Programs as well as Clean-up Maldives
program executed by the Government in
1998. These programs have given us the
feeling of marine debris and the impact
it has on the reef environment around
In the past, none of these programs have
developed a sustained program whereby
any part of the reef has been completely
cleaned of the marine debris. The overwhelming
amount of debris cover on the western
face of Male' reef has reached an alarming
scale. This has been one of the main reasons,
which has led us to initiate a well developed
clean up program.
young volunteer taking part in reef
clean-up activity in 2000
PADI Project AWARE in collaboration with
MALDIVERS and BLUEPEACE has carried out
initial framework development of the Clean-up
Program for 2000 among the concerned members
of Maldivers, Bluepeace with Mr. Maizan
Hassan Maniku, (Studio 1-Maldives) and
following Program was detailed.
The Main reason for developing this program
has been to carrying out a more organized
long-term clean up within the context
of the Mission Objectives of Project AWARE
as well as to promote clean environment
ethics within the habitants of Maldives.
REEF CLEAN-UP program has it primary Mission
to initiate a long term reef clean up
program foe Male' Reef. However, its long
term Mission is to incorporate an organized
long term reef clean up program which
will provide a reef clean up protocol
and inform the public of the status of
our reef around Male' island.
The long-term strategy will be to inform
1. What is Marine debris?
2. Where does Marine debris come from?
3. What Trash Management Practices can
reduced the Marine debris problem?
The Main objectives of the Reef Clean-up
program will be to:
1. Identify five clean up sites around
the West End of Male' where the program
will be carried out during the Year 2000.
2. Complete a full reef clean up pf one
of the selected site an area of 60-200
meters length of a strip of the reef section
from reef crest to 30 meters depth.
3. Conduct marine environment awareness
program at the reef clean-up site on Environment
of "Reef Clean-up 2000"
on 5 June 2000
Reef Clean-Up 2000 was launched on
5 June 2000, the first World Environment
Day of the new millennium at 7 in
the morning and finished at 5 in the
evening. More than hundred members
of Maldivers, Bluepeace, and Studio
1 actively participated in organizing
and implementing the launching of
Reef Clean-up 2000. Apart of from
the organizers, Bodybuilding Federation
of Maldives, Surfing Association and
Club Eagles actively participated
the lunching event.