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Male’ surfers dump garbage outside city hall in protest over night market trash thumbnail

Male’ surfers dump garbage outside city hall in protest over night market trash

“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.


Political instability is key concern at Maldives renewable energy investment conference thumbnail

Political instability is key concern at Maldives renewable energy investment conference

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.


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‘Surfers against sewage’ shame city council over night market littering

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.


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Maldives forms environment police as civil society criticises lack of enforcement, legislation

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.


“They do not care”: Maldives outsources climate change pavilion at international art show thumbnail

“They do not care”: Maldives outsources climate change pavilion at international art show

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.


Climate institutions in “flux”, consolidation needed for Maldives Green Fund success: leaked Transparency report thumbnail

Climate institutions in “flux”, consolidation needed for Maldives Green Fund success: leaked Transparency report

“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.


Two fishermen lost at sea for three weeks found near Sumatra thumbnail

Two fishermen lost at sea for three weeks found near Sumatra

“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.


Missing man discovered in dinghy 900 miles from Maldivian waters thumbnail

Missing man discovered in dinghy 900 miles from Maldivian waters

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).


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.


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