The Lakshadweep Archipelago lies in the Arabian Sea, 155 to 280 miles from the west coast of India. Minicoy is the southernmost island of the group, with a total population of approximately 10,000. It is the only island in Lakshadweep that supports mangroves and salt marsh ecosystems.
The Centre for Action Research on Environment Science and Society is working with Minicoyans to revive traditional methods of protecting the reefs and lagoon. Island leaders have committed to creating a no-take protected area for at least 20 years. This are encompasses a 2,471-acre marine area and mangrove ecosystem. In exchange, Seacology will fund a natural and cultural heritage museum, as well as two guard posts for the marine protected area.
Explore the museum’s collection of cultural artifacts here.