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Protected Area: Eedhigali Kilhi

Posted in Nature by Mohamed Abdulla Shafeeg on June 25, 2008

The Hithadhoo Protected Area is located on the northern end of the island, which is locally known as Eidhigali Kulhi and Koattey. The area encompasses the top section of the island and extends 2km offshore to capture all the coral reefs found around the area. includes the Koattey area,the large freshwater pond, mangrove area, large area of islands vegetation and very shallow semi-enclosed lagoon area of fine silt on top of the sand.

SPECIAL FEATURES:   ‘Kilhi’ composed of large fresh/brackish water pond and associated mangroove forest, Unique vegetation and a resting and roosting place for most of the protected birds of Maldives. Extensive intertidal reef flats and sea grass beds, a fringing coral reef surrounds the protected area. High diversity of corals and marine life including turtles.

ALTERNATIVE NAMES: Hithadhoo Protected Area
TYPE: Mangrove/ Marine
NAME OF ATOLL: Addu Atoll

DIRECTIVE LOCATION:
DESCRIPTION FROM DIRECTIVE: Hithadhoo Protected Area is situated on the northern end of Hithadhoo Island. North-western corner of Addu Atoll.
UPDATED AREA: 283 ha
DECLARATION DATE: 7th December 2004
DIRECTIVE NO: 20-H3/2004/67
MANAGEMENT AUTHORITY: MEEW, MRC

Information from Environment Protection Agency