A team of 15 volunteers from around the world have begun an expedition in the Maldives to collect data that will be made available to the government for comparing and protecting the health of the country’s vulnerable reef ecosystems.
Minivan News interviews a randomly chosen midmarket tourist about her experience in the Maldives, staying at a guest house on a local island.
The Ministry of Housing and the Environment has signed a memorandum of understanding with a private individual, Mohamed Hameed, to create the Maldives’ first comprehensive national marine park.
Some of the Maldives 101 resorts make environmental concerns the focus of their product, “while others, it’s fair to say, do not,” said UN Resident Representative Andrew Cox at the signing of the project on Wednesday.
Chinese electrical manufacturing firm XEMC will take over the development of the government’s flagship renewable energy project, after behind-the-scenes collapse of US$200 million GE/Falcon Energy agreement late last year.
The designation of Baa Atoll as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve is a significant achievement for the Maldives but makes proper management all the more imperative, government organisations and environmental NGOs have said.
60 points will be allocated for vehicles with zero emissions, 50 points to the highest bidder, and 10 points for brand new fossil fuel vehicles. No points will be given for imported second hand vehicles, explained Transport Minister Adhil Saleem.
Travel giant Kuoni, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and local environmental consultancy Seamarc have launched a comprehensive project to protect coral reefs and address the impact of climate change in the Maldives.
As climate change jostles for attention internationally amid economic meltdowns and political introspection, the Maldives must make its voice heard, says John Ashton.