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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).


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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.


State, private sector divided over responsibility for Maldives garbage dumping thumbnail

State, private sector divided over responsibility for Maldives garbage dumping

Amid widespread reports of resorts and safari boats dumping garbage into the ocean, government and private parties squabble over taking responsibility.


Prospect of “radicalised, authoritarian” Maldives threatens all nations: former president Nasheed thumbnail

Prospect of “radicalised, authoritarian” Maldives threatens all nations: former president Nasheed

The office of President Waheed today dismissed allegations it had sided with extremists since last year’s controversial transfer of power, calling on Nasheed to engage “professionally” with the government.


Former President Nasheed reaches Copenhagen climate talks despite alleged obstruction thumbnail

Former President Nasheed reaches Copenhagen climate talks despite alleged obstruction

Former President Mohamed Nasheed was yesterday (April 14) temporarily “obstructed” from traveling overseas despite having High Court approval, the opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) has alleged.


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Torture victims in the Maldives tell their stories