The University of Milano-Bicocca is set to sign an agreement with the Maldivian government to protect coral reefs in the nation. 

The agreement was signed today and will be streamed live on youtube. The agreement is set to be signed by the rector of the university Giovanna Iannantuoni and the Maldivian Minister of Fisheries, Marine Resources, and Agriculture Zaha Waheed. The live stream is scheduled to commence at 14:00 today. 

Under the agreement, the university will become an important partner for Maldives in its efforts for coral restoration. The university is extremely well-known for its frontline scientific expertise and the development of pioneering research in the field of sustainability, especially in Maldives, where the Marhe research center of the university is based on the island of F. Magoodhoo.

MaRHE Center, an outpost of the University of Milano-Bicocca located in F. Magoodhoo, Maldives.

The project for coral restoration, according to the university involves the development of collaborative research lines for the protection of the coral reef.

The project CorallaMiB will also be launched during this event, in a call for ideas open to students and aimed at identifying actions capable of reducing the anthropogenic impact on coral reefs.

“Participants will get to know a priceless underwater heritage, complex and rich in biodiversity, that must be protected,"

"Milano-Bicocca and the Maldives Government are starting a partnership that aims at studying the most effective, sustainable, and cutting-edge coral reef restoration techniques while developing guidelines for their application," stated the university regarding the project.

The partnership is part of a larger project of the university in Maldives.

University of Milano Bicocca in Italy. (Photo/Bicocca University)

For over ten years, since the Marhe research and higher education center was established on Magoodhoo, the University of Milano-Bicocca has been studying sustainable development solutions in collaboration with the Maldivian Government, as well as with foreign universities and research centers as well.

Watch the live stream of the agreement-signing ceremony here