Risk of Extinction
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