Visitor’s Centre to be created in Eydhigali Protected Area

Ministry of Environment and Energy and Wee Hour Investment Private Limited has signed an MoU to create a Visitor’s Centre at the Eco-tourism Facility in S. Hithadhoo Eydhigali Protected Area. The project is funded by Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP). The total cost of the works is MVR 8.2 Million and is scheduled to be completed within 8 months from contract award date.

Minister of Environment and Energy, Thoriq Ibrahim signed the contract agreement on behalf of the Ministry while the General Manager, Hamdhoon Anees signed on behalf of Wee Hour Investments.

Speaking in the ceremony, Minister Thoriq said the Center will be created to offer information to visitors and manage the area. As the Center is constructed from EU grant aid, the Center will be constructed to international standards, specific design and in an eco-friendly manner.

"We're bringing in a special type of lumber for the area. We have to instill a certain standard, as it is a climate change project initiative run by EU climate change fund," Thoriq said.

Thoriq said set principles will be issued for the maintenance and care of the Center once opened. Minister appealed not to destroy areas designated as protected areas and centers created in such areas, as they bring in multiple economic benefits.

Many projects had been run in the past to protect and preserve the Hithadhoo Eydhigali Protected Area.