"I have been collecting coconut from this place for the last six years. It gives me enough of an income to meet my daily needs. And going to the park every day keeps me active, even at my age!" - Hussan Abdulla, coconut collector 🥥.
76-year-old Hussan Abdulla is one of several registered coconut collectors who come to the Addu Nature Park in the Maldives to collect coconuts that have fallen from the palms. Back home, he removes the husk and sells them to local shops.
The 570 hectares of the Addu Nature Park is the largest protected area of its kind in Maldives 🌴. The park has created much-needed livelihoods for many people in the local community. The land is leased to local communities on the condition they farm the land using both traditional and modern eco-friendly methods.
The GCCA+ Adaptation to Climate Change programme in the Maldives aims notably to develop an environmentally protected habitat to benefit for the future of tourism and the citizens.
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