In its latest bid to bring to attention the sinking threat that it faces, the Maldives is poised to build the world’s first solar-powered and underwater golf course in its capital city Male. The initiative is being described as the first of a series of futuristic off-shore developments to confront the threat of global warming.
Developed by three world-renowned Dutch companies, known as industry experts in floating technology, the $500 million project is due to be completed in 2015. “The methods and procedures developed by the company for floating developments reduce the impact on underwater life, and minimize the changes to coastal morphology, ” said a statement issued by the office of President Mohamed Nasheed.
Plans are underway to design an 18-hole course that will consist of a series of platforms planted in the ocean. These platforms will be interconnected through an underwater tunnel, while allowing golfers to experience the reef. Tunnels will also connect the course with seaside hotels. The golf course will make use of one of the Maldives’ most abun- dant resources – sunlight and will be fully solar-powered with zero footprints.
Due to its low elevation, the Maldives is facing a potential crisis from rising ocean levels. The Maldivian government plans to use the golf course to further promote tourism, with money going to purchase land in other countries to provide a refuge for those displaced by climate change and rising sea levels.