Noo Raajje is a program to protect ocean resources and livelihoods for all Maldivians. To ensure our plans are beneficial and inclusive for as many people as possible, we conducted a nationwide survey to learn how Maldivians use and value the ocean. Data collection for the Ocean Use Survey has closed.

Survey results will soon be publicly available as consolidated heatmaps. Stay tuned for the final Ocean Use Survey Report.



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Last updated 11/7/22.


The Ocean Use Survey (OUS) is a participatory mapping survey that asks respondents to identify areas in the marine environment that they value or use.

  • Responses collected will represent how and where Maldivians use the ocean space.

  • Your input will help inform the Maldives Marine Spatial Plan.

  • Responses are anonymous and individual spots will not be shared.

  • The results will be publicly available as consolidated heat maps per ocean sector after the survey period ends.

  • Learn more about the OUS and why it is important below.


Why is the Ocean Use Survey important?

The Ocean Use Survey helps policymakers understand how people use the ocean across the Maldives so they can accurately account for different activities like fishing, diving, shipping, tourism, surfing, mariculture, etc. in future planning processes. The information from the survey will help make data backed decisions.

It is important to hear from as many stakeholders as possible to ensure that the needs and priorities submitted as representative of the wider population. This information will feed into a larger Marine Spatial Plan for the Maldives that will protect at least 20% of the Maldives waters as no-take Marine Protected Areas. Your input through the Ocean Use Survey will help shape that plan.

Who should take the survey?


Anyone who uses the ocean should take the survey. Whether you are a commercial fisher, or someone who likes to swim for exercise, we want to hear from you! Planning for the future of the ocean should be inclusive and representative of all Maldivians. 

Our survey identifies 5 main sectors:

  • Commercial and recreational fishing

  • Cultural and recreational use

  • Accommodation Establishments - local tourism and resorts

  • Sea sports

  • Transportation

How will it be used?

The survey will be used to inform the Maldives Marine Spatial Plan. The results will be analyzed to produce several heat maps showing where and how different sectors are using the ocean.

Individual responses and locations will remain private.


How do you take the survey?

You can take the survey here.

I'm having trouble, what do I do?

Reach out to ocean-use-survey@nooraajje.org. We will answer any questions and can schedule a time to walk through the survey with you.

How do the survey tools work?

The digital survey tools gather map ocean use data and priorities to ensure that stakeholder uses are included in ocean planning.

To provide input that will inform ocean planning, you can select the ocean use sector you associate with, draw shapes in locations they utilize, and assign a point value for each shape.


You can also provide general comments to specify how much you value a certain area and why you might value or use a certain area. The responses collected from these surveys are submitted anonymously and used to produce heat maps that serve as a comprehensive baseline representation of how and where Maldivian's use the ocean space.


What does the data/heatmap look like? Will it be released to the public?

Click here to see an example of a heatmap from an Ocean Use Survey that was done on the island of Bermuda.

The resulting heatmaps will be shared with the public, but individual survey answers are anonymous.

How will this benefit communities?

This survey gives each ocean user the opportunity to provide input that will shape the future Maldives Marine Spatial Plan. By providing input, your priorities and your community will be represented. The final Marine Spatial Plan will zone areas around the Maldives for different activities like fishing, shipping, and protected areas.

What other countries have gone through this process?

Many countries have gone through this process before!

Click here to view case studies from other countries.


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