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Widespread ‘secret’ slaughter of endangered sea turtles despite ban; “very tasty” say killers thumbnail

Widespread ‘secret’ slaughter of endangered sea turtles despite ban; “very tasty” say killers

Sea turtles are being slaughtered en masse in the Maldives with no action taken by authorities to uphold local conservation laws or adhere to international agreements to protect the endangered species.


Police assist with sea turtle rescue thumbnail

Police assist with sea turtle rescue

Local police on Nilandhoo island in Faafu Atoll assisted with the collection and release of hatchling sea turtles by putting them in a freshwater pond and feeding them biscuits and rice.


Scouts lead Earth Hour events, Environment Ministry “facilitates” thumbnail

Scouts lead Earth Hour events, Environment Ministry “facilitates”

Maldivian civil society is holding Earth Hour events today (March 23) to highlight the urgent need to take action against climate change and care for the environment, while the Ministry of Environment and Energy “facilitates”.


WSPA, EPA raise concern over living conditions of 10-foot crocodile in children’s playground thumbnail

WSPA, EPA raise concern over living conditions of 10-foot crocodile in children’s playground

Locally known as ‘Kinboo’, the crocodile was first captured back in 1998 and was subsequently put inside an enclosure in a children’s play park for public entertainment.


Luxury eco-resort embroiled in “green-washing” dispute with “extortionist” NGO thumbnail

Luxury eco-resort embroiled in “green-washing” dispute with “extortionist” NGO

Exclusive luxury resort Soneva Fushi is embroiled in an increasingly hostile dispute with Biosphere Expeditions, an international environmental conservation non-governmental organisation (NGO), over allegations of grant contract breaching and “green-washing”.


Maldives’ solar ambitions stall due to politics, financing, “restructuring” thumbnail

Maldives’ solar ambitions stall due to politics, financing, “restructuring”

Private companies and international actors are leading renewable energy implementation in the Maldives while the government “prepares” for various solar power projects.


Government to establish conservation zones as part of Maldives bio-reserve transformation thumbnail

Government to establish conservation zones as part of Maldives bio-reserve transformation

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.


Maldives’ waste management hampered by local politics, lack of funding thumbnail

Maldives’ waste management hampered by local politics, lack of funding

Most islands have waste areas that vary in quality and have no means of processing or removing trash from the garbage areas.


Government issues MVR 62.7 million compensation claim for stranded ship reef damage thumbnail

Government issues MVR 62.7 million compensation claim for stranded ship reef damage

“[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.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories