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The environment ministry and 99 resorts in the Maldivian tourism industry signed a declaration at the opening ceremony of the “6th Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific” – an annual forum with the objective of integrating the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) to manage waste, promote sustainable tourism and protect marine and coastal ecosystems.
The third annual Maldives Whale Shark Festival is to be held on August 29 in the Alif Dhaal Atoll Maamigili island. This year seven different islands including Dhigurah, Maamigilli, Fenfushi, Dhangethi, Mahibadhoo, Dhidhoo and Mandhoo would participate in the Lux sponsored Whale Shark Festival held in collaboration with MWSRP and Maldivian artists.
The move to produce fresh water, made from desalinated ocean water, is one of Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa’s newest steps towards delivering services with a sound environmentally-friendly purpose.”Do drink the local water” is the advice given to guests staying at the luxury resort in the Maldives as it begins producing its own drinking water this August.
FlyDubai, Dubai’s innovative low-cost airline, has announced cheap fares between Maldives and Sri Lanka for USD 160 (MVR 2467).
A wellness centre managed by Plaza Premium Lounge has opened at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA).
The wellness center at the airport was launched by the Managing Director of the Maldives Airports Company Limited (MACL), Adhil Moosa and the CEO and Founder of Plaza Premium Lounge, Mr. Song Hoi-see.
H.E, the President of the Maldives Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has launched a tourism campaign titled “Visit Maldives Year 2016″ at the Gala Dinner hosted for delegates attending the 27th joint meeting of the UNWTO Commission for East Asia and the Pacific at the Bandos Island Resort and Spa in the Maldives.
New research published shows that parrotfish, commonly found on healthy coral reefs, can also play a pivotal role in providing the sands necessary to build and maintain coral reef islands.Using survey and sedimentary data, the researchers explored the links between reef ecology and sediment production around the island of Vakkaru in the Maldives. The study, based on work in the Maldives and published in the journal Geology, found that parrotfish produced more than 85% of the new sand-grade sediment on the reefs around these reef islands.
Dusit Thani Maldives recently joined forces with the Island Council, the local Police and the School Board of Dhonfanu, a neighbouring island in Baa Atoll, to construct a pre-school for local children. Through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs, Dusit Thani Maldives funds projects in a number of spheres including community development and biodiversity conservation.
Work is already underway and to date, the resort has donated construction materials worth USD 20,000 (Maldivian Rufiya 308,400). The pre-school will measure roughly 80 square metres and will encompass a classroom, a teacher’s office with store room, ablutions facilities and a covered porch. Completion of the project is expected by June 2015.
The home ministry is planning to create a replica of an ancient island village on the eastern side of Malé to mark the upcoming golden jubilee of independence from the British in 1965.
Various cultural activities as well as arts and handicraft will be presented to the public during a three-day event. Small boats will be docked at the artificial beach while 20 halls will be set up for the 20 atolls of the Maldives to showcase the country’s history and culture.
President Nasheed Sentenced to 13 years in Jail; Calls for Mass Protests; Publicly Forgives His Jailers
The Maldives Criminal Court on Friday, March 13th, sentenced former President Mohamed Nasheed to 13 years in jail on charges of ‘terrorism’ for the detention (while he was still president in 2012) of a criminal court judge who had been accused of corruption, sexual abuse and who had refused to obey police summons.
In a blatantly politicized trial, which has lasted less than three weeks and been widely condemned in the Maldives and abroad, President Nasheed was repeatedly denied legal representation, denied the right to appeal, his defense witnesses were prevented from taking the stand, and prosecution witnesses were routinely coached by the judges and the police.