The government is moving ahead with plans to transform the Maldives into a biosphere reserve through the designation of zones across the country that would earmark land use for specific purposes such as tourism development or conservation.
Most islands have waste areas that vary in quality and have no means of processing or removing trash from the garbage areas.
“[Auguste Schulte's local operator] Silver Company can either pay the fine to the government so the ship can continue its voyage or pay a bank guarantee should they wish to carry out their own investigation and let the ship leave,” said Chairman of Transport Authority Abdul Rasheed Nafiz.
The HPA has urged against using live animals and meat produced after December 31, 2012 imported from India.
The Maldives’ environmental image and commitments are no obstacles to oil industry development, according to Tourism Minister Ahmed Adheeb, following a PPM proposal to pursue oil exploration the Maldives.
The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture has pledged to take the “lead” in addressing waste management concerns in the capital should other authorities fail – a stance criticised by municipal councillors and state environment figures.
The ‘Regulation of Determining Tobacco Free-Zones’ (Dhevehi) prohibits smoking inside cafes, tea shops, restaurants, public places where people usually gather in numbers, parks and all government buildings.
Budhavant told Minivan News: “We can normally expect to lose roughly two to three days worth of data per week, but in some instances the smoke [from burning biomass nearby] is ruining our data for the entire week.”
The Maldivian government is appealing an injunction granted by the Singapore High Court halting its eviction of Indian infrastructure giant GMR from the Maldives pending the outcome of arbitration proceedings.