Government starts to implement regulation on protected animals

Baby turtle hatchlings making their way on the beach | Photo: Kanuhura Maldives

Malé, Maldives – A regulation formulated by the Ministry of Environment and Energy of Maldives to protect ving animals and organisms in the Maldives, under the Environmental Protection and Conservation Act has started being implemented in the Maldives.

The regulation, which has been gazetted by the name “Regulation of protecting living organism in its natural or origin form” focuses on formulating a management plan for protection and conservation, compiling a list of endangered species, registration of centers to look after protected species and conducting research on such organisms. In addition to this, the regulations also outline the action to be taken against those who violate it.

As per the regulation, violation of any rules set forth with in would result in a fine ranging between MVR 30,000 to MVR 100,000.

The guideline also mandates the Ministry of Environment and Energy to formulate a standard to practice in managing the protection and conservation of endangered species in the country, within the next one year.

As of now, there are multiple marine and lang organisms which have been protected under the Maldivian laws, including whale sharks, turtles and some birds.