By Dr. Abdullah Waheed
The two ponds of Fuvahmulaku are intimately connected with the population and their life. In times past, the ponds provided the islanders fresh water fish, a staple part of their diet especially when sea water fish was scarce. In more recent times the ponds played an important part in local tourism, most visitors to the islands going sightseeing to the location. During 2011 a wider attempt was tried to introduce international tourism to the island, taking the ponds as one of the main attractions. An access road was constructed and a restaurant opened. However they now lie in ruins.
Most people agree that the ponds must be protected. In fact, now the ponds enjoy legal protection, albeit in name.
Mohammed Nasih, “The two ponds of Fuvahmulaku are natural wonders. They require protection,” Sunonline, http://www.sun.mv/sunrashah/fuvahmulah/60887, retrieved on 18 September 2015.