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WAMCO takes over Malé cleaning

Malé city council warned earlier this week there was a threat of disease because of littering in the capital.

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Threat of disease from Malé litter, says council

The council said not enough had been done to keep Malé clean in the three years since the housing ministry seized control of waste disposal responsibilities.

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Komandoo land reclamation complete

Reclamation of about 70 percent of the lagoon around the northern island has doubled its landmass from about ten hectares to nearly 20 hectares.

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Addu and Fuvahmulah nature parks opening in June

“Visitor Centres” and boardwalks have been built in Fuvuhmulah’s Eydhigali Kilhi and Addu’s Koattey protected areas to offer hiking, bicycling and mangrove canoe tours as well as snorkelling and reef diving.

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Environment ministry ignored ring road project concerns

Top Environment Protection Agency officials said they were prevented from warning the housing ministry to stop the ongoing ring road work.

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Malé outer road expansion breaching environment rules

The road, which is being widened in preparation for the opening of the China-Maldives Friendship Bridge, will connect Malé to Hulhumalé.

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Plenty more fish in the sea as over a ton discarded

The spike across the Maldives, especially in the south, has led to complaints about an ice shortage to keep the fish frozen, as well as MIFCO and other firms lacking buying capacity.

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NGO criticises government reclamation project

Ecocare Maldives says the environmental impact assessment was done in 2011 and is outdated.

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EPA slaps MVR100m fine for reef damage

The Environment Protection Agency has ordered two vessels that ran aground on a reef to pay MVR100 million (US$6.5 million) as compensation for damages.

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Housing ministry under fire for Malé building work

Malé’s landscape is changing rapidly amid construction projects and infrastructure upgrades.

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Anti-littering ‘environment cops’ to patrol capital

Around 255,826 metric tonnes of solid waste was generated in Malé in 2014, a 155 percent increase over the preceding decade.

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Schools to axe single use plastics by April

Single use plastics or disposable plastics are items like plastic bags, straws, coffee stirrers, plastic bottles and food packaging that are used once and thrown away.

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No military purpose for Chinese observatory in Maldives: report

Chinese state media denied Indian reports that there was an ulterior motive for positioning the observatory in the Maldives.

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US$126m cash injection from ADB for waste management project

Thilafushi island, which is seven kilometres from Malé, stores the refuse produced in the capital and uses it as landfill, or the rubbish is burnt.

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Captured fishing vessels were pirate boats

The two vessels were travelling from Somalia to Thailand, local media reported the Maldives National Defence Force as saying.

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Coast Guard intercepts illegal fishing vessel with 200 tons of tuna

A fisheries ministry report published last October said hundreds of foreign fishing vessels were operating illegally in Maldivian seas every year.

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Rainfall causes heavy flooding in Malé

Morning rainfall caused heavy flooding in Malé on Wednesday, Mihaaru reported.

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