Save the Beach Maldives
Save the Beach started in 2007 as a youth movement in Vilingili to conserve the beaches in Vilingili. Since the days of just hosting an annual cleanup event, Save the Beach is now the responsible authority for cleaning and protecting the beaches and reefs of Villingili. Save the Beach has plans to plant trees on the shoreline on bare areas and carry about awareness programs targeted at school aged children and also the community in general through television spots and other means such as door to door visits and placing of billboards among the many methods for awareness. Many supporters of Save the Beach participated in the cleaning events which focused not only on cleaning the beaches but the reef around Vilingili. The Maldives National Defense Force (MNDF), the Maldives Police Services, many government and private offices, environment and other NGOs, schools, dive centers and public officials participated in the cleaning events. More than 2.7 tonnes of garbage were removed from the beach and reef at this year's cleanup, among which were plastic, metal scraps, bottles, diapers and a wide range of garbage items.