Male’ Maldives, 15th May 2023 – Local tour company, Secret Paradise Maldives has partnered with Maldives Manta Conservation Programme (MMCP) to support the recently launched RahVeshi Fund – Dhivehi for the Local Island Fund for the Environment (LIFE)
The fund will initially be centred on 3 atolls – Makunudhoo, Haa Dhaalu, Fuvahmulah, Addu and will prioritise:
- Providing more training, mentorship, resources, paid internships, and job opportunities for local people in marine research, education and conservation.
- Gaining consistent access to significant manta ray study sites in remote parts of the archipelago, away from tourism.
- Supporting more grassroots conservation initiatives and helping small island communities to advocate against invasive and unsustainable development.