Shaha Hashim, Maldives Project Manager for Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) and Maldives Resilient Reefs has been awarded the Rehendhi Award, a national accolade for Maldivian women. Hashim has been recognised for her contribution to marine conservation through the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) category. Notably during her time with BLUE, Hashim has lead projects protecting Maldivian seagrass meadows, designed a citizen science programme and managed the #FishForTomorrow campaign in response to the excessive fishing of vulnerable species during lockdown and is currently working towards establishing marine managed areas in the Maldivian Atoll of Laamu. The award was presented by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in the archipelagic state capital Male.
Hashim commented: “I am incredibly grateful for all the organizations and people who have helped me in my career and conservation work. I cannot do what I do without the support of my team at BLUE, our partner resort, Six Senses Laamu, the Laamu community and the Maldivian civil society. I hope this award is testament to the fact that conservation is a well respected career for young people, especially women, to pursue.”
Clare Brook, Chief Executive Blue Marine Foundation said: “Shaha is a thoroughly deserving recipient of this award and we are delighted her dedication is being recognised both nationally and internationally.”