Keylakunu Set to Become an Eco-Tourism Hub in the Maldives

The Maldivian government has announced plans to develop the island of HDh. Keylakunu as a major eco-tourism destination. This initiative, part of a broader strategy to make protected areas economically beneficial, was confirmed following a Cabinet consultation.

Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim, Principal Secretary to the President on Public Policy, outlined the plan during a press conference at the President’s Office. According to Nazim, the Ministry of Climate Change, Environment and Energy, along with other relevant stakeholders, is actively engaged in discussions to ensure that the island’s development preserves its natural beauty and marine life. A key element of this project is the establishment of a modern visitor centre designed to educate tourists about the island’s rich history and the surrounding environment.

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An intriguing aspect of this development is the exploration of building floating rooms for visitors, a concept that aims to minimize the impact on Keylakunu’s coral reefs. This idea is being studied by the Visitor Economic Council, a newly formed body chaired by President Dr Mohamed Muizzu and co-chaired by the Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Mohamed Saeed, along with the Minister of Tourism, Ibrahim Faisal.

The establishment of the Visitor Economic Council aligns with President Muizzu’s commitment to expanding the tourism sector. The council’s mandate extends to diversifying tourism offerings.

The decision to develop Keylakunu into an eco-tourism village represents a significant step towards responsible and sustainable tourism in the Maldives. By focusing on eco-friendly infrastructure and education, the government aims to create a harmonious balance between economic growth and environmental preservation. As this project unfolds, Keylakunu is poised to become a model for eco-tourism, attracting visitors keen on experiencing natural beauty while contributing to the conservation of the environment.

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