Risk of Ex­tinc­tion

Southasia - - ON RECORD -

It is alarm­ing to know of the pos­si­ble near ex­tinc­tion of Mal­dives’ coral reefs, a sym­bol of beauty and splen­dour that has be­come syn­ony­mous with the name of the coun­try. Mal­dives is known for its pris­tine wa­ters and sandy beaches, which have be­come ma­jor tourist at­trac­tions for in­di­vid­u­als and celebri­ties alike from all over the world. The end of the coun­try’s coral reefs spells dis­as­ter for its en­vi­ron­ment as well as its econ­omy, more than half of which de­pends on rev­enues earned through tourism.

The gov­ern­ment of Mal­dives should take note of th­ese changes and ex­e­cute mea­sures to prop­erly counter this is­sue. Thank­fully, many in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions have al­ready stepped up to counter the chal­lenge with the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture pro­vid­ing proper train­ing to 40 marine bi­ol­o­gists on the best way to pro­tect the coral reefs of Mal­dives. One can only hope proper mea­sures are im­ple­mented be­fore it’s too late.

Maria Kanwal Dubai, UAE

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