Kavaratti Island, about 200 miles off the west coast of India, is known for its beautiful white sand beaches. Unfortunately, activities of the island’s 10,000 residents severely threaten the island’s coral reefs and lagoons. Overfishing, pollution from waste discharge into lagoons, and increasing tourism are all damaging the environment.
The Lakshadweep Marine Research and Conservation Centre (LMRCC) is a local organization that works to conserve the coral reefs and encourage sustainable development. LMRCC asked Seacology for support to build an environmental education center on Kavaratti. In exchange, the community will set aside 500 acres of Kayaratti Lagoon as a reserve. They will protect marine species there for a minimum of 10 years.
Kavaratti is the capital and the most centrally located island of the Lakshadweep Archipelago, in the Arabian Sea. It has a land area of just over a thousand acres. The entire archipelago has a population of approximately 60,000 people, spread out over 11 of the 36 islands.