Housing minister Dr Mohamed Muizzu said the scheme will see the closure Heena Goalhi and Raiyvilla Magu in Henveiru ward to vehicles, including bicycles, until June 8.
“The crocodiles being sighted these days are most likely to have drifted with the currents from nearby countries,” said the Environmental Protection Agency. “If crocodiles were to populate this country, it would have happened thousands of years ago.”
In a joint statement from 20 NGOs, the marine conversation group OceanCare warned that the oil explorations could have “severe socio-economic consequences in the fisheries and tourism sector”.
“This is a despicable event,” said EPA Director General Ibrahim Naeem. “We should not be touching these animals and should be trying to limit our interactions with them in order to preserve nature.”
Furamaana Travels – which operates the Bolero Safari boat – have said that the protected species photographed with staff and guests were caught accidentally before being released.
The US$100,000 reward – announced at an award ceremony in Adu Dhabi yesterday evening – was given after the school installed a 2.8kW last year using funds from the UN’s Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme.
With the decline of the coir-rope industry and move away from traditional ways of life, Kulhudhuffushi islanders see little use for the vast mangrove ecosystems. Environmentalists say new economic activities are essential to preserve and protect mangroves and wetlands.
Local environmental NGOs Ecocare and Bluepeace have condemned images circulating on social media showing a turtle being cut in half for its eggs and meat. Police and the Environmental Protection Agency are investigating.
On the tenth anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, the Foreign Minister has called on the Maldives to build resilience to extreme weather events associated with climate change. Meanwhile, Housing Ministry said the government will complete 338 houses by the end of the year for all the families made homeless by the tsunami.