The Maldives

This unique archipelago in the heart of the Indian Ocean is famous all over the world. The Maldives offer a unique opportunity to combine tourism with coral reef sciences. A cooperation has positive impacts for both of them. Scientists can gain new knowledge about the complex reef community. The transformation of this knowledge into practical guidelines will be a great and important advantage for tour operators, resort managers, tourists, and last but not least for the coral reef itself. The future of the Maldive Islands depends physically and economically on their coral reefs. Their efficient protection is mainly a matter of information, good will, and responsibility. The tourism industry has the potential to negatively affect coastal marine environments, but it can also be a powerful partner for sustainable and successful management strategies. The Maldives could be a case study for the latter.

© Reef Expedition 2007 to the Maldives I Impressum