Globally significant mainly due to its biodiversity which covers roughly 139,700 hectares – the atoll represents the high diversity of marine species in the Maldives. Here’s a little more information!
Declaring as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
Declaring Baa Atoll as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve started in 2009. After a series of workshops and meetings, a community consultation occurred the same year. The results of the consultation showed that 95% of the community was in favour of Baa Atoll being declared as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. On 18th June 2011, Baa Atoll was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Under the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the government of Maldives established and opened the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the 13th of June 2012.
When planning a visit to the Maldives, if you’re interested in this UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, amongst the best beach resorts in Maldives, you must consider staying at Finolhu Baa Atoll Maldives for the first-hand experience!
In terms of biodiversity, this atoll is known as a great example of rich biodiversity found in the Maldives. With an area of approximately 139,700 hectares of marine areas, there’s no doubt that there is a very high diversity of reef animals.