Agroecology Livestock / Fisheries Maldives Policy

Valuing Biodiversity The economic case for biodiversity conservation in the Maldives

The Maldives’ unique environment is the bedrock of our economy. Fisheries and tourism, our two largest industries, are heavily dependent on a healthy and diverse marine ecosystem. Together, these two industries provide three quarters of our jobs, 90% of our GDP and two thirds of our foreign exchange earnings. Moreover, healthy coral reefs help protect our islands from natural disasters and guard against the adverse affects of climate change.