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The Maldives has been identified by the Small Island Developing States as one of the first island nations to be hit by the devastating effects of climate change.3 The Maldives will require aid and assistance from the international community in order to help mitigate the effects.4 Currently, there are large gaps in policies regarding national climate change policies.5 There is also a reported need for coordination between government agencies.6

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1 Maldives Climate Change Policy Framework PDF
2-4 ibid
5http://tourism.gov.mv/downloads/tap/2014/FINALReport_REVISED_UNDPMaldives_161213.pdf
6 Ibid
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Maldives News

New York Times 
“But it's a form of Islam that's completely brought into the Maldives from Saudi Arabia and other places. Now, it's being institutionalized, because everybody in the universities, in the Islamic Ministry, they are all spreading this form of Islam ... See more..
Stuff.co.nz 
But for us, it was just one of many incredible things to happen in the Maldives. The tiny island nation is a paradise that for decades has been off-limits to the ordinary traveller, simply because of its hefty price tag. But thanks to a change in the ... See more..
Washington Post (blog) 
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Maldives police said on Monday they have substantial evidence against seven people in connection with the killing of a blogger in April and will soon file charges against them in court. All seven are currently in detention. See more..
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Buzz.ie 
The poor blighter has had to cope with the stress and pressure of recently signing for Manchester United, placing a huge burden on his shoulders to live up to his weekly £80,000-per-week per week pay packet. The £31m signing from Benfica has now only ... See more..
The Straits Times 
MALE (Maldives) • This island paradise made news recently for a reason other than its pristine beaches and high-end resorts: the gruesome killing of a liberal blogger, stabbed to death by multiple assailants. The killing in April of Mr Yameen Rasheed ... See more..
World Health Organization 
New Delhi, 13 June, 2017: Bhutan and Maldives have eliminated measles, a highly infectious disease that is a major childhood killer globally. The two countries have become the first in WHO South-East Asia Region to be verified for having interrupted ... See more..
Hotelier Middle East 
Niyama Private Islands has appointed Hotelier Award winner Deveekaa Nijhawan as the director of PR & communications. Last year, she won the Marketing & PR Person award by a unanimous vote at the Hotelier Middle East 2016 Awards. She won by a ... See more..
The Market Mogul 
The Maldives is unanimously considered one of the top holiday destinations. Among the many travellers who crowd the streets of Malé, there is a group not interested in its golden sand: the Saudis, who are coming to the Islamic republic with something ... See more..
The Sun 
The star looked incredible as she sipped on a cocktail and lazed the day away on the beach. See more..
Voice of America 
Bhutan and the Maldives have eliminated measles, becoming the first countries in their region to eliminate the highly infectious disease that is a major child killer ... See more..
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Geography

Southern Asia, group of atolls in the Indian Ocean, south-southwest of India
Area

Total 298 sq km
Land 298 sq km
Water 0 sq km

Climate

tropical; hot, humid; dry, northeast monsoon (November to March); rainy, southwest monsoon (June to August)
Natural Resources

fish ;
Natural Hazards

tsunamis; low elevation of islands makes them sensitive to sea level rise
Current Environmental Issues

depletion of freshwater aquifers threatens water supplies; global warming and sea level rise; coral reef bleaching

Demographics

Nationality
Maldivian
Population
393,988 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Tourism, Maldives' largest economic activity, accounts for 28% of GDP and more than 60% of foreign exchange receipts. Fishing is the second leading sector, but the fish catch has dropped sharply in recent years. Agriculture and manufacturing continue to play a lesser role in the economy, constrained by the limited availability of cultivable land and the shortage of domestic labor. Lower than expected tourist arrivals and fish exports, combined with high government spending on social needs, subsidies, and civil servant salaries contributed to a balance of payments crisis, which was temporarily eased with a $79.3 million IMF Stand-By agreement. However, ...See More after the first two disbursements, the IMF withheld subsequent disbursements due to concerns over Maldives' growing budget deficit, and the government has been seeking other sources of budgetary support ever since. A new Goods and Services Tax (GST) on tourism introduced in January 2011, on general goods and services in October 2011, and a new Business Profit Tax introduced in July 2011 have provided a boost to revenue. Economic growth slowed to 3.4% of GDP in 2012, compared to 7.0% in 2011 because of slower tourist arrivals and weak global conditions. Diversifying the economy beyond tourism and fishing, reforming public finance, increasing employment opportunities, and combating corruption, cronyism, and a growing drug problem are major near-term challenges facing the government. Gross foreign reserves at the end of November 2012 were approximately $356 million, compared with $326 million in 2011, and were sufficient to finance only 2.6 months of imports. Over the longer term Maldivian authorities worry about the impact of erosion and possible global warming on their low-lying country; 80% of the area is 1 meter or less above sea level. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$3.106 billion (2012 est.); $3.001 billion (2011 est.); $2.803 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

coconuts, corn, sweet potatoes; fish
Industries

tourism, fish processing, shipping, boat building, coconut processing, woven mats, rope, handicrafts, coral and sand mining