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  • Three men arrested in Fuvahmulah for rape
  • Expatriate dies in accident at sea
  • Civil Court orders Elections Commission to release funds to IDP
Maldives Green Fund to merge “scattered” climate finance thumbnail

Maldives Green Fund to merge “scattered” climate finance

“One person is in charge of massive [amounts] of funds. There is a lack of human resources within the Environment Ministry. Only a couple of people have dominated [climate change projects] since the 1990’s,” claimed a source familiar with the challenges facing climate governance in the Maldives.


Extreme weather compels emergency relief from Maldives’ government thumbnail

Extreme weather compels emergency relief from Maldives’ government

Flooding due to three weeks of severe weather and heavy rain has damaged households, sewerage systems, as well as caused extensive agricultural destruction, according to the National Disaster Management Centre. Food shortages on some islands have resulted from agricultural damage as well as the disruption of transportation and supply networks.


Vice President calls for “population consolidation” thumbnail

Vice President calls for “population consolidation”

Despite the push for population consolidation, displaced communities in the Maldives after the 2004 tsunami continue to face serious challenges.


Inequality and climate change threaten Maldives’ human development improvements thumbnail

Inequality and climate change threaten Maldives’ human development improvements

“Although the Maldives’ performance in human development in the South Asian region is quite commendable, the country continues to face a number of risks and vulnerabilities,” said UN Resident Coordinator Tony Lisle during his speech at the report’s launch.


Big surf heats up bodyboarding competition final thumbnail

Big surf heats up bodyboarding competition final

A week of severe thunderstorms across the island-nation resulted in five foot swells for Saturday’s final, providing competitors with strong, hollow waves at the Raalhugandu surf area.


Maldives launches US$3.38 million eco-tourism wetland conservation project thumbnail

Maldives launches US$3.38 million eco-tourism wetland conservation project

The project aims to address climate change impacts by mitigating flooding and erosion due to storm surge, enhance fresh water security, as well as create economic benefits from these sustainable conservation initiatives.


Presidential candidates’ policy pledges threaten the environment: Environment Ministry thumbnail

Presidential candidates’ policy pledges threaten the environment: Environment Ministry

Environment Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela noted that no policy on environmental protection has been articulated by candidates despite their numerous election pledges during her speech at the “NGO Forum on Environment and Sustainable Development 2013” held by the Environment Ministry and NGO Federation yesterday (May 5).


Eco-friendly resort holds 24-hour scuba diving event thumbnail

Eco-friendly resort holds 24-hour scuba diving event

Seventy people representing 12 nationalities – including scuba divers representing all levels of experience, underwater photo journalists, and guests – participated in the 24 hour “10 to 10 Rannamaari wreck” event.


MDP propose US$1.05 billion mariculture industry as part of election pledge thumbnail

MDP propose US$1.05 billion mariculture industry as part of election pledge

Deputy Leader of the government-aligned DRP Ahmed ‘Mavota’ Shareef questioned the viability of trying to introduce large-scale mariculture within the Maldives, slamming the MDP’s economic predictions as inaccurate and an election ploy.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories