Community mobilisation is one of our core values. Participation from the local residents of South Ari Atoll and throughout Maldives is very important to the work of MWSRP.
Maldives Whale Shark Festival
We are proud to organise the annual Maldives Whale Shark Festival.
Come learn about whale sharks and their significance in the Maldives, take part in the colorful whale shark parade, dance to the drum beats of traditional Maldivian boduberubands, and browse local artwork and handicrafts.
Marine Discovery Day
June 23, 2012 marked an educational milestone for Maldivian schools located in the South Ari Marine Protect Area.
The Maldives Whale Shark Research Programme (MWSRP), in collaboration with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, hosted the first Marine Discovery Day for Year-10 Fisheries Science students – a prequel to what has now become the Whale Shark Festival.
Over forty-five students and fourteen teachers from the islands of Maamagili, Fenfushi, Dhigurah, Dhangethi participated in the event with programme support and coordination coming from Conrad Maldives’ Green Team, MWSRP staff and volunteers, Sub Aqua Dive Center, and Dr. Patrik Svenssen from the IUCN. Set on the beautiful uninhabited island, A. Dh. Huruvehli, students participated in a series of fun, interactive educational events about marine and terrestrial ecosystems.