Maldives area awarded UNESCO status


Officials have announced that the Baa Atoll region of the Maldives has been designated a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

The area was awarded the status following work by the Reethi Beach Resort alongside local communities and other resorts to emphasise its outstanding natural values and underline its commitment to matters concerning the environment.

It is thought more people could be looking to take Maldives holidays following the award, further boosting its reputation for luxury holidays.

Baa Atoll was recognised as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve on 23 April after locals, resort guests and volunteers in the region took part in Earth Day.

Some 50 coconut palms and other trees were planted on the south side of the island of Veyofushi to both celebrate Earth Day and boost the island’s potential for future sustainable farming.

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