State Bank of India (SBI) in the Maldives is working with UNDP Maldives to create a Marine Laboratory in partnership with Naifaru Juvenile.
The work will involve the expansion of the ongoing marine projects by Naifaru Juveile by opening of a new Marine Laboratory in the Lhaviyani Naifaru, which will provide a professional, clean and stable room for injured turtles along with proper state of the art equipment for minor surgeries and be ease of access for larger turtles. The organization already houses different marine species in their nursery and provide rehabilitation services for abandoned & injured sea turtles.
Naifaru based non-governmental organization (NGO) ‘Naifaru Juvenile’ runs many community-based programmes such as teaching, turtle rehabilitation, sports, marine conservation and many others.
Atoll Marine Centre is a part of the locally run NGO called Naifaru Juvenile. The centre specializes in turtle rehabilitation of both poached turtles and injured turtles. The centre also has other projects running which involve coral gardening, coral reef monitoring and Nature Club with the school children on Naifaru. UNDP Maldives has previously supported the organization through various programs under its banner.
The Marine Laboratory is set to be open in 2018.