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International Year of Biodiversity Officially Launched in the Maldives

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

(Photo by Hassan Eeman)

The International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) was officially launched in the Maldives earlier today. At a ceremony held at Sultan’s Park, Male’, IYB was launched by Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik, Vice President of the Republic of Maldives.

The ceremony began at 9 a.m. with the recitation of Holy Quran, which was followed by introductory remarks from Mr. Mohamed Zahir, Director General of Environment Department.

Next, IYB was launched when the Guest of Honour, Vice President Dr. Waheed, unveiled the official IYB logo to be used in the Maldives. After the unveiling of the logo, Dr. Waheed addressed the guests who attended the ceremony.

After Dr. Waheed’s speech, Mr. Mohamed Aslam, the Minister of Housing, Transport and Environment also addressed the guests before he launched the Dhivehi theme song of IYB. Following the screening of the theme song, a vote of thanks was delivered by Ms. Ilham Atho Mohamed of Environment Department.

The last item of the launching ceremony was the invited guests taking a tour of Sultan’s Park with the assistance of students from Environs (Environment Club of CHSE).

Prior to this event, the plants and trees in Sultan’s Park were identified and mapped by Environs with the assistance of Environment Department, EPA and Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture. Small information boards were places near the plants with information like local name, common name, scientific name and uses of the plant, etc.

After the opening ceremony, students from all schools of Male’ were given tours of the Sultan Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Special activity and game stalls were also in place for the students to take part in.

For photos from this event, please click here. All photos were taken by Hassan Eeman (Environment Department).

For more information about IYB acitivities in the Maldives, please click here.

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