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Increasing density of resort development threatens key tourism appeal, warns former tourism minister thumbnail

Increasing density of resort development threatens key tourism appeal, warns former tourism minister

Cabinet said the decision to increase resort development density from 20 percent to 30 percent would allow “opportunities for commercial expansion [that] were limited due to unavailability of land area to develop tourist facilities on leased-out spaces.”


Dead fish washing up on beaches in northern atolls thumbnail

Dead fish washing up on beaches in northern atolls

Large numbers of dead fish have been washing ashore on resorts and inhabited islands in the upper north of the Maldives in Noonu and Haa Atolls, reports the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture.


Maldives will disappear from climate stage without democracy: Nasheed thumbnail

Maldives will disappear from climate stage without democracy: Nasheed

Former President Mohamed Nasheed links democracy with climate change, in his address at Colombia University in the US.


Earth Hour illuminates Maldives’ ongoing eco-concerns thumbnail

Earth Hour illuminates Maldives’ ongoing eco-concerns

Whilst enterprises and homes in Male’ are braced to temporarily cut their power supplies, the country does not appear quite as able to switch off the increasingly fraught political tensions.


‘Island Ex-President’ debuts in UK thumbnail

‘Island Ex-President’ debuts in UK

The UK and US releases of ‘The Island President’ promise to put the spotlight on more than just climate change


Q&A: Shinaz, Maldivian Antarctic explorer thumbnail

Q&A: Shinaz, Maldivian Antarctic explorer

25 year-old Mohamed Shinaz Saeed is about to become one of the few Maldivians – if not the first – to set foot on Antarctica.


“Do the right thing”: Virgin founder Richard Branson to President Waheed thumbnail

“Do the right thing”: Virgin founder Richard Branson to President Waheed

“Knowing you, I would assume that you were given no choice and that it was through threats that you have ended up in this position,” Branson wrote. “I do very much hope that was the case rather than you doing it of your own free will.”


Maldives considering reverting to “sunny side of life” branding thumbnail

Maldives considering reverting to “sunny side of life” branding

“We followed a 16 month inclusive process with a cross section of all stake holders, including MATATO and MATI, and we also took the general public view also taken into consideration,” said former Managing Director of the MMPRC, Simon Hawkins.


350.org petitions for security of “friend and ally” Nasheed thumbnail

350.org petitions for security of “friend and ally” Nasheed

“Environmental activists in every corner of the planet think of Nasheed as one of the most prominent leaders we have,” wrote 350.org founder Bill McKibben. The petition received over 21,000 signatures.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories