Fulidhoo Council has said it is about to lose the island’s football stadium while the a local graveyard on Kurendhoo is just 15 feet from the encroaching waves. The Environment Protection Agency has said that disruption to the natural sand movements is a likely cause.
“Malé is a small, congested island with a large number of inhabitants. Every one needs to do their bit to keep the island more habitable,” said the director general of the EPA, as the council revealed the true scale of the problem.
Scientists have raised fears of a super El Niño – comparable to that of 1998 – developing this year. This may spell disaster for the Maldives coral reefs. But coral propagation methods, practiced in Banyan Tree Vabbinfaru and Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, offer a glimmer of hope.
The already-eroded island is being particularly badly affected by the uniquely Maldivian phenomenon of large waves affected by the moon, gravity, and changes in winds.
After the recent announcement that all species of ray have been placed on the Maldives’ protected species list, local environmental NGO Ecocare has suggested that government does not have the capacity to enforce the new measures.
“We believe the damage caused to such an environmentally sensitive area does not justify the project,” EPA’s Ibrahim Naeem said.
Economic development and protection of the environment should go in tandem to ensure sustainable development, President Abdulla Yameen has said.
Recent rains have spread wastewater and sewage to large parts of Laamu atoll Gan Island. The council said it has not received any help from the government.
Malé City Mayor Mohamed Shihab explains the mounting problems facing the council in its attempt to manage the millions of tonnes of waste produced in the densely populated capital every day.