The Maldivian youth are protesting against the reclamation of Kulhudhuhfushi white mud mangrove. On 26th of October 2017, the Government of Maldives approved reclamation work at the largest white mud mangrove (mashikulhi), in the country located at Haa Dhaal Atoll Kulhudhuffushi, to facilitate the construction of an airport of questionable need. Notably, the International airport at Haa Dhaal Hanimaadhoo is a 20-minute speedboat ride away. Several civil society advocates have called on the authorities to stop the destruction of this significant natural asset.
According to a joint statement by different Maldivian environmental organizations, “We are deeply concerned that environmental regulatory processes have been completely disregarded by the Minister for Environment and Energy, Mr. Thorig Ibrahim. The Minister has fast-tracked the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) approval process by signing the decision statement of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) himself on Thursday 26 October 2017. The EIA regulations require a period for public consultation on the EIA report. Nevertheless, the Minister approved the reclamation project 5 days ahead of the public commenting deadline set by EPA which usually reviews and approves EIAs.”
Watch the video by Maldivian youth: