Maldives is an exotic country consisting of around 1200 coral islands, located on the Indian Ocean to the north of the equator. The country is known for its sandy beaches and calm blue waters of the sea, which serve as popular tourist attractions. All this and more has a major impact on the environment of Maldives
The country has a rich marine and tropical environment. Filled with natural resources and plenty of greenery, the country is a perfect place to experience the beauty of Mother Nature.
The country has taken lots of measure to preserve the natural beauty of its islands and thus maintain its bio-diversity. The country does not allow excessive exploitation of its natural resources. The country launched the National Environment Action Plan in 1989 in to order protect the country from natural disasters and hazards.
The country is surrounded by a seawall, which protects the country from sea level rise and climatic changes. As the seawaters are filled with exotic marine life, the country also does not allow the hunting and killing of certain marine creatures like turtles and some special species of tropical fishes. Sport fishing, though allowed, is restricted to the tag and release method. Another major environmental program launched by the company was the 'Million Tree Program'. It was introduced in the year 1996 with the objective of making the country greener.
Under this program, a large number of nurseries were set up in the country and numerous trees were planted all across the country.
Maldives as a country is extremely clean. Under their 'Independent Maldives, Clean Maldives' program, waste collecting activities were carried out all across the country. Waste management schemes were developed and the recycling of waste products have become extremely popular over here.
Maldives has participated in a number of international conferences dealing with the issue of environment protection. The country participated in the Second World Climatic Conference in 1990, Earth Summit held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, Kyoto Conference and other similar summits.
The environment of Maldives is clean and clear. The natural surroundings coupled with the environmental policies of Maldives have helped in maintaining the bio-diversity of the country.