Environment Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela noted that no policy on environmental protection has been articulated by candidates despite their numerous election pledges during her speech at the “NGO Forum on Environment and Sustainable Development 2013” held by the Environment Ministry and NGO Federation yesterday (May 5).
Seventy people representing 12 nationalities – including scuba divers representing all levels of experience, underwater photo journalists, and guests – participated in the 24 hour “10 to 10 Rannamaari wreck” event.
Deputy Leader of the government-aligned DRP Ahmed ‘Mavota’ Shareef questioned the viability of trying to introduce large-scale mariculture within the Maldives, slamming the MDP’s economic predictions as inaccurate and an election ploy.
Amid widespread reports of resorts and safari boats dumping garbage into the ocean, government and private parties squabble over taking responsibility.
The office of President Waheed today dismissed allegations it had sided with extremists since last year’s controversial transfer of power, calling on Nasheed to engage “professionally” with the government.
Former President Mohamed Nasheed was yesterday (April 14) temporarily “obstructed” from traveling overseas despite having High Court approval, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has alleged.
The Maldives is at risk of losing its dolphin safe tuna certification and fishing vessels will be banned from delivering tuna for export if they participate in sea turtle killing.
Sea turtles are being slaughtered en masse in the Maldives with no action taken by authorities to uphold local conservation laws or adhere to international agreements to protect the endangered species.
Local police on Nilandhoo island in Faafu Atoll assisted with the collection and release of hatchling sea turtles by putting them in a freshwater pond and feeding them biscuits and rice.