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Opinion survey

This survey was conducted to gather public opinion on development, environment and social issues. The opinion survey was conducted in Baa Eydhafushi from 1st to 3rd of July 2003. Baa Eydhafushi is 59 miles away from Male, the capital of Maldives. Eydhafushi is the capital of Baa Atoll with a total population of 2,718. The survey covered 10% of the population and included different genders and age groups, as well as people from different backgrounds.

A survey form with 30 open-ended questions was used to conduct individual interviews. About 19 students from the Baa Atoll Education Centre were selected to conduct the survey. Each student was assigned to interview 15 persons of varied social background, gender and age. The purpose and the objectives of the survey were described and the survey form was fully explained to all the participating students.

In general, the survey was well received and people were willing to talk, although a few showed reluctance to answer some questions because of a lack of awareness about particular issues.

Priority social issues included a lack of community spirit and teamwork leading to increased conflicts - this is partly a result of the fact that many residents have been resettled from nearby islands. Another issue was increased drug use particularly among the youth. Priority environmental issues were beach erosion and a lack of a garbage collection system and designated area for garbage disposal. Priority development needs included, health, sanitation, waste disposal, roads and education. The majority of the respondents noted that upgrading educational facilities and building human resources were the most important future development needs.

Highlights from the survey as well as the full report and questionnaire form have been completed.


To get involved, contact :


Dr. Faathin Hameed
Ministry of Fisheries, Agriculture and Marine Resources
Ghaazee Building, Ameer Ahmed Magu, Male
Republic of Maldives,
T: +960 332 2625, +960 770 6883
F: +960 332 6558

Mr Hassan Nashid
Madhrasathul Ahmadhiyya
Buruzu Magu
Male', Republic of Maldives
T: +960 332 6950
F: +960 332 3730


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