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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Appalled by excessive amounts of garbage littering the streets, nearby parks, and sea due to the Male’ night market, local surfers have staged a creative protest using the rubbish to pressure the city council into action.
Formation of the new unit comes as NGOs and not for profit groups have raised individual concerns at what they claim is an ongoing lack of enforcement or a clear legal framework to uphold environmental protection efforts across the country.
Some of the Maldives pavilion curators have accused Waheed’s government of having no interest in the arts, the pavilion exhibitions, or climate change. “They did not care. They did not mind. They don’t believe in the power of art to affect anything anyway,” associate curator Maren Richter told the Inter Press Service.
“The fact that the state is a transitional democracy, with only emergent institutions of horizontal and vertical accountability, has posed significant challenges to climate change governance. The lack of a legislative framework for the sector also exacerbates the situation,” states a leaked Transparency Maldives Climate Governance Integrity Mapping of Climate Finance draft report.