Free aid worth US$100,000 has been granted from the Baa Atoll Conservation Fund to finance seven environment protection and developmental projects in the atoll.
The fund was established in April 2012 following the designation of the atoll as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Environment Minister Thoriq Ibrahim handed award documents to the recipients at a ceremony held last night in Baa Eydhafushi.
The seven parties were selected following evaluation of 26 proposals. They were the Dharavandhoo development cooperative society, Kendhoo school, Kihaadhoo farm foundation, Maalhos women’s committee, Thulhaadhoo island council, and Eydhafushi Feyli association.
Baa Atoll, which includes Hanifaru Bay – an area world-renowned for sighting whale sharks and manta rays – was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in June 2011, after more than five years of lobbying by the government.