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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.


Albino turtle stolen from Sri Lanka was to be used for “black magic on a Maldivian politician” thumbnail

Albino turtle stolen from Sri Lanka was to be used for “black magic on a Maldivian politician”

An albino turtle stolen from Sri Lanka was offered more than USD 26,000 by a person who wanted to use it for a black magic ritual on a Maldivian politician.


Germany grants €3million for climate protection project thumbnail

Germany grants €3million for climate protection project

€3million in grant aid has been pledged by the Government of Germany for a climate neutrality project in Raa Atoll which will see the installation of solar panels generating 285kw of electricity for local islanders.


Q&A: UK’s FCO State Minister Hugo Swire thumbnail

Q&A: UK’s FCO State Minister Hugo Swire

The UK’s Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Hugo Swire, speaks to Minivan News about the future of UK engagement in the Maldives, and the ways in which the country can stabilise its economic woes.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories