lundi 14 novembre 2011

Maldives: Saving to buy land.

In 2009, the President of Maldives Mohamed Anni Nesheed (44), a former political prisoner democratically elected in October 2008 told the Guardian that his country would save money to buy new land in India if the country would disappear in waters because of global warming.
         "We can do nothing to stop climate change on our own so we need to buy land elsewhere. We do not want to leave the Maldives, but we do not want to be climate refugees living in tents for ten or years, "
he added.
         He has already discussed this with several countries and found them "receptive". India and Sri Lanka are the first destination because of cultures and climates comparable with those of the Maldives. Australia is also an option.
         To carry out this project, President Mohamed Anni Nesheed plans to create a "sovereign fund" fueled by tourism, as the Arab countries do with their oil revenues. "Kuwait might invest in companies we will invest in land acquisition,"
he said
         To Malives, tourism provides the state a billion dollars a year.
The Maldives (298 km2), a paradise for Western tourists with its white sand beaches and transparent waters, south of India, are made up of 1,192 coral islands of which 202 occupied by 379,174 Sunni Muslims.
         On December 26, 2004, the archipelago has been bereaved by the tsunami that has 285,000 victims in Asia with 82 deaths and $ 375 million damage in the Maldives.
         The highest point of the Maldives is at 2.3 meters and about 80% of land is less than one meter above the sea level.

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