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Emergency water supplied to Alifushi bacteria infested, says council thumbnail

Emergency water supplied to Alifushi bacteria infested, says council

Alifushi Council has said the emergency drinking water supplies sent to the island by the National Disaster Management Center to alleviate a seasonal water shortage contains bacteria and dust.


Pioneering desalination project launched in the Maldives thumbnail

Pioneering desalination project launched in the Maldives

The “groundbreaking” approach, which utilises excess heat from electricity generation to produce drinking water, could change the way the world looks at desalination, says the CEO of the Aquiva Foundation Florian Bollen.


Climate injustice an opportunity for more sustainable justice: Nasheed thumbnail

Climate injustice an opportunity for more sustainable justice: Nasheed

“I have found their [women's] work, courage, and willpower to be of an amazing level, especially because of how my life turned out to be in the past two or three years,” said Nasheed at Thursday’s ‘Women Rising for Climate Justice’ event. “I am sure you will work to find a solution for this issue…And I believe you can save this world.”


Kulhudhuffushi airport unconstitutional and unfeasible, says Ecocare thumbnail

Kulhudhuffushi airport unconstitutional and unfeasible, says Ecocare

Ecocare Maldives has condemned the government’s plans to build an “economically less viable” airport in Kulhudhufushi, while the government has altered regulations to ensure the “environment will not become challenge for development”.


Environmental regulations amended to allow dredging for Kulhudhuffushi airport thumbnail

Environmental regulations amended to allow dredging for Kulhudhuffushi airport

Amendments to the regulations on dredging islands and lagoons will allow the government to dredge protected areas for development projects on the condition that an area with similar geographical characteristics is designated as protected.


Precious mangrove under threat as government plans airport in Kulhudhuffushi thumbnail

Precious mangrove under threat as government plans airport in Kulhudhuffushi

The transport ministry has confirmed that reclamation of the island’s remaining mangrove appeared likely should the Yameen administration’s pledge to build a second airport in the vicinity be fulfilled.


Q&A: Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Dr Mohamed Shainee thumbnail

Q&A: Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Dr Mohamed Shainee

After featuring the opinions of fishermen last week, Minivan News has spoken to the new fisheries minister about the problems facing fishermen, and the government’s plans for the industry.


Maldives awarded US$6 million loan for clean energy projects thumbnail

Maldives awarded US$6 million loan for clean energy projects

Competing with 80 other applications, the Maldives has secured the concessionary loan for the development of a waste to energy project which will reportedly benefit 120,000 people with clean energy and desalinated water.


Research reveals lack of transparency in Maldives climate finance governance thumbnail

Research reveals lack of transparency in Maldives climate finance governance

The Maldives has been pledged US$ 99,280,073 in grants, US$ 20,380,000 in loans and US$ 48,506,276 for climate change related projects from 2008 through 2015, Transparency Maldives has said.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories