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Socioeconomic monitoring for coastal managers of South Asia : field trials and baseline surveys Nassimo Thila and Banana Reef, North Male' Atoll, Maldives : project completion report : NA10NOS4630055
  • Published Date:
    2012
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  • Corporate Authors:
    IUCN--The World Conservation Union ; Coral Reef Conservation Program (U.S.) ;
  • Description:
    "The Republic of Maldives is an archipelago of 26 natural atolls consisting of about 1,190 small, low-lying, coral islands distributed along an 860 km long chain from north to south in the Indian Ocean ( Figure 1 ). It is situated about 700 km southwest of Sri Lanka and 500 km south of India's Lakshadweep Islands ( Figure 1 ). It is the largest reef system in the Indian Ocean and has a total reef area of over 21,000 km 2 . The land area of the Maldives accounts for only about 1% of the total area of the Maldives and thus creates a huge dependency on the marine environment. The land and sea area of the Maldives is about 115,400 km 2 with an exclusive economic zone of 859,000 km 2 . Naseer and Hatcher (2004) classified the archipelago into 16 atolls, 5 oceanic faros and 4 oceanic platform reefs comprising of 21,372.72 +/- 1,068.64 km 2 , which is 20% of the Maldivian Territorial Sea"--Introduction.

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