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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

CNN 
"In 2014 reefs around the world were hit with one of the worst coral bleaching events on record", said Thomas le Berre, a French coastal oceanographer who is responsible for some of the top environmental projects in the Maldives. The previously vibrant ... See more..
Toronto Sun 
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The father of a blogger who was killed this week in the Maldives said Friday that his son received death threats for months from local gangs who appeared to hold radical religious views. Hussain Rasheed, the father of Yameen ... See more..
Stuff.co.nz 
"Why on earth would you travel all that way when you have beautiful beaches at home?", a friend asks when I casually mention we're taking a family holiday to the Maldives. Another question: "Aren't the Maldives just for honeymooners?" Instantly I have ... See more..
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The Sun 
A MALDIVIAN blogger who mocked ISIS thugs has been hacked to death in the popular Brit honeymoon destination. Yameen Rasheed was found dead in his apartment building in Maldives' capital city Malé on Sunday with multiple stab wounds on his neck ... See more..
Aljazeera.com 
On Sunday morning, Maldivians woke up to the shocking news of the brutal killing of the 29-year-old prominent blogger, Yameen Rasheed. Over four years ago, ... See more..
Mirror.co.uk 
The model was left with no choice but to fly out on holiday with her other four children because Princess' passport had expired. See more..
The Diplomat 
Maldives has been seething with angry voices against the dictatorial rule of President Abdulla Yameen. Different leaders came together to form the the Maldives United Opposition (MUO) on March 24, leading a fight against the exploitation of Yameen. See more..
The Sun 
CHLOE Goodman showed off her busty figure as she went topless on an exotic beach in the Maldives – but was quick to hit out at the “haters” and claimed that ... See more..
Condé Nast Traveler 
If the resort's GPS devices are correct, then the Maldives is no longer the country with the lowest high point. The South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu tops out at a 15-foot rise on the island of Niulakita, so the newly measured hill on Villingili ... See more..
ReliefWeb 
Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: Ravina Shamdasani Location: Geneva Date: 25 April 2017 Subject: (1) South Sudan, ... 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