On the occasion of World Wetlands Day - February 2, Adam Abdulla, Maldives’s National Coordinator for the Mangroves for the Future Programme, talks about the priceless value of wetland ecosystems, not least of it being a natural barrier that can reduce disaster risk.
The closest mangrove ecosystem from capital Male’ situated in K.Hura. MFF did an assessment of the diversity of the mangroves and carried out an economic valuation exercise of Hura Mangroves through one of its grant project © Adam Abdulla
Wetlands help us cope with extreme weather events and they need to be conserved.
Many of the Maldivian islands, especially those in the Southern and Northern region enjoy the benefits of wetlands. For centuries, our connection to these wetlands and mangroves has been a complex and dynamic one.
For our current generation, there are very important lessons to be learnt from our forefathers and past generations on wetlands, that would not only help to conserve wetland ecosystems but also generate knowledge and know-how to manage them sustainability.
The mangrove ecosystem of H.Dh Neykurandhoo. The dense Bruguiera cylindrica not only provided timber but also the propagules were consumed as a staple © Adam Abdulla.
This valuable ancestral knowledge comes from across the archipelago: