Conservation & Communities

Ensuring a sustainable future for the atoll

Dive into the captivating synergy of conservation efforts and community development on the Horsburgh Atoll. Experience the dedication of local residents leading initiatives to preserve the atoll's beauty and uplift their communities. Witness the impactful localized efforts bridging environmental protection and community prosperity. Pledge your support before you arrive and be part of this transformative journey!

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Sustainable Tourism Management Plan

The Sustainable Tourism Destination Management Plan (STDMP) outlines a comprehensive roadmap for sustainable development. Identified through collaborative workshops, key objectives and actions address challenges and opportunities. Focused on Environmental Conservation, Local Community Benefits, Collaboration and Site Management, Marketing and Visitor Access, and Visitor Experiences, each objective includes specific actions to achieve desired outcomes. By implementing these measures, Horsburgh Atoll aims to ensure sustainable tourism, benefiting local communities and preserving natural resources while enhancing visitor experiences.

Detailed action items for each goal in the Horsburgh Atoll's Sustainable Tourism Destination Management Plan (STDMP) are available for access below.


There are many initiatives shaping life across the atoll and within surrounding environments. Together, NGOs, community members and other individuals come together to spark lasting change. Initiatives include but are not limited to:

Conservation Initiatives: Learn about the comprehensive conservation strategies in place to protect the diverse marine life, coral reefs, and terrestrial ecosystems of Horsburgh Atoll. From sustainable fishing practices to habitat restoration projects, explore the innovative approaches taken to ensure the long-term health and resilience of this unique environment.

Community Engagement: Discover how Horsburgh Atoll is not only a haven for marine biodiversity but also a home to vibrant local communities. Explore the initiatives that empower residents, providing education, healthcare, and economic opportunities that align with the atoll's ecological integrity. Witness the inspiring stories of community members actively participating in conservation efforts and shaping a sustainable future.

Eco-friendly Tourism: Uncover the responsible tourism practices that allow visitors to experience the beauty of Horsburgh Atoll without compromising its ecological balance. From eco-friendly accommodations to guided tours that prioritize conservation awareness, find out how tourism is contributing positively to both the atoll's preservation and the local economy. Take the Conscious Traveler Pledge today!

Partnerships and Collaborations: Delve into the collaborative efforts between government bodies, non-profit organizations, and local communities that drive the success of Horsburgh Atoll's conservation initiatives. Learn about partnerships that foster sustainable development, scientific research, and community empowerment, creating a holistic approach to preserving this natural wonder.

Visit Horsburgh Atoll: Explore practical information for planning your visit to Horsburgh Atoll, including eco-friendly travel tips, recommended tours, and ways to actively contribute to the conservation and community initiatives during your stay.

Join us in celebrating the delicate balance between conservation and community on Horsburgh Atoll – a testament to the harmonious coexistence of nature and humanity in this tropical paradise. Together, let's ensure a sustainable and thriving future for Horsburgh Atoll in the Maldives.

Highlighting Local Impact Leaders


Located on Fulhadhoo, Reefscapers stands as a beacon of marine conservation. Founded in 2005, this visionary company has dedicated itself to restoring the vibrant coral reefs that form the lifeline of the Maldivian ecosystem. With a pioneering coral frame technique and an unwavering commitment to sustainable practices, Reefscapers has transformed the landscape of coral reef restoration, earning its place among the world's most successful marine conservation programs.

Their efforts extend beyond reef regeneration, encompassing a comprehensive range of marine biodiversity initiatives. Reefscapers operates marine education centers, rescues and rehabilitates sea turtles, and conducts research to unravel the mysteries of the underwater world. Their expertise extends to ornamental aquaculture, ensuring that the beauty of marine life is preserved without compromising its delicate balance

Reefscapers' impact extends beyond the Maldives, with partnerships and collaborations across the globe. They share their knowledge and expertise, empowering communities to become stewards of their marine environments. Their efforts have nurtured a generation of marine conservationists, inspiring individuals to champion the cause of protecting our oceans.