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Maldives: Protect Mangroves From Further Loss

Expand Mangroves in Haa Alifu Atoll, Maldives. Photo credit: Ahuren/CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 (New York) – The Maldives government should preserve a mangrove forest that helps protect local residents against increased risks from flooding and coastal erosion, Human Rights Watch said today. A large portion of the mangrove forest on the northern island of Kulhudhuffushi was previously destroyed to build an airport, and authorities are now considering plans to reclaim the remaining area for development after the island was upgraded to city status. “The Maldives government will be putting more islanders…

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