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  • Survey team for Malé-Hulhulé bridge arrives in Maldives
  • Maldivian judge re-elected for second term on UN anti-torture subcommittee
  • Elections Commission announces official results of Kolhufushi by-election
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World Bank urges climate change adaptation support for the Maldives

The World Bank report warns of a potential “domino effect” of climate impacts in the Maldives affecting human development, such as the decimation of coral reefs creating cascading impacts on local livelihoods and tourism.


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Dead dolphin found with puncture wound to head

A dolphin with a puncture wound to the head was found dead and stranded on Hoadedhdhoo Island in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll yesterday morning (July 17).


US government pledges US$9.7 million for Maldives climate change adaptation, election preparations thumbnail

US government pledges US$9.7 million for Maldives climate change adaptation, election preparations

Under the memorandum of understanding signed yesterday between the US and Maldives governments, USAID will provide US$7.2 million for a global climate change adaptation project, and US$2.5 million as technical assistance for election preparations.


Maldives’ first Marine National Park without land two years after government agreement thumbnail

Maldives’ first Marine National Park without land two years after government agreement

Mohamed Hameed, Promoter of the non-profit Edu Faru MNP project, has said that despite receiving vocal support of both President Dr Mohamed Waheed and former President Mohamed Nasheed, both administrations has so far failed to approve vital paperwork on the project.


No waste spill in Thilafushi lagoon: Male’ City Council thumbnail

No waste spill in Thilafushi lagoon: Male’ City Council

The Male’ City Council (MCC) has disputed “inaccurate” local media reports that a large waste spill occurred in the Thilafushi (‘garbage island’) lagoon last night.


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Maldives resorts, local communities participating in whale shark festival

South Ari Atoll is hosting a whale shark festival aiming to bring together local resorts and communities with a view to expanding cooperation on conservation – as well as providing tourists with insight into one of the country’s most elusive creatures.


Governance, socio-economic and political issues threaten Maldives’ reefs: study thumbnail

Governance, socio-economic and political issues threaten Maldives’ reefs: study

Numerous government and management shortcomings are exacerbating the threats impeding reef recovery in the Maldives, despite ongoing government efforts to establish Marine Protected Areas (MPA), according to a joint study by Reef Check, the Marine Conservation Society and Biosphere Expeditions.


Male’ surfers dump garbage outside city hall in protest over night market trash thumbnail

Male’ surfers dump garbage outside city hall in protest over night market trash

“We have told the city council we do not want the bazaar to be held here again. What the public is doing [throwing waste all over the area] is affecting our sport,” Maldives Surfing Association (MSA) President Ahmed Fauzan ‘Karo’ Abbas said today.


Political instability is key concern at Maldives renewable energy investment conference thumbnail

Political instability is key concern at Maldives renewable energy investment conference

Although Environment Minister Shakeela was asked many times about what the government would do to guarantee investments “she skirted the question saying the ADB and WB is giving the guarantee. That was not the issue, the issue is what happens to our investments,” explained Renewable Energy Maldives Managing Director Ibrahim Nashid.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories