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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Ecocare Maldives says the environmental impact assessment was done in 2011 and is outdated.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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EPA failing to publish airport impact reports

Save Maldives raised concerns about the projects in Maafaru and Funadhoo, saying the Environmental Protection Agency had yet to make its findings public.

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Heavy rain causes flooding on four islands

According to the police, flooding was reported on the islands of Maalhos in Baa atoll, Isdhoo in Laamu atoll, Villigili in Gaaf Alif atoll, and Gadhdhoo in Gaaf Dhaal atoll.

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“Oh, we’re sinking, look” – The Maldives and the environment

The Maldives government is accused of hypocrisy: planning for the destruction of the environment while at the same time championing to save it.

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Damage to 60 islands after extreme weather

Heavy rainfall caused flooding on 36 islands, strong winds tore off roofs and felled trees on 18 islands, and high swells were reported from four islands, according to the National Disaster Management Centre.

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NGO sues government over mangrove destruction

The NGO EcoCare Maldives initiated the civil suit against the Ministry of Environment and Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

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NGOs slam ‘careless sacrifice’ of Kulhudhuffushi mangroves

Developing an airport on Kulhudhuffushi, the main population hub in the northern atolls, was a campaign pledge the president made in 2013. But a contractor has yet to be appointed to build it.

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Greenhouse gas reduction agreement approved by parliament

Parliament on Monday approved the ratification of the Kigali amendment to the Montreal Protocol, an international agreement to reduce the global production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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