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.
“They were 987 miles away from the Maldives, 300 miles off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia,” Maldives National Defence Force (MNDF) Spokesperson Colonel Abdul Raheem told Minivan News today. “After so many days they are in good condition, a bit weak, but ok. It is very good news, we are happy they have been found in good health,” he added.
A Maldivian national reported missing earlier this month after leaving the island of Fares-Maathoda in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll in a dinghy has been discovered by a foreign vessel 900 miles from Maldivian waters (May 22).
“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.
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.
Despite the push for population consolidation, displaced communities in the Maldives after the 2004 tsunami continue to face serious challenges.