UYAP is a three-week program which engages youth in coral reef science, conservation, and community projects. Students gain an appreciation for the importance of both scientific methods & traditional coral reef management.
Ulithian students see their reefs from a new perspective – through the eyes of newcomers in their own age group. They engage in new ways with questions of reef management and conservation, and their individual role in the reefs’ and their community’s future.
Visiting students learn about the small, close-knit, traditional community that has lived from these reefs for millennia, and the wealth of knowledge they possess as a result. They see first-hand the challenges the community faces because of global issues like climate change, and local issues such as changing fishing practices and local impacts on reefs. They return home impassioned about sharing this story and working for a more sustainable future.