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Marine Biologists to Lead Scuba Diving Cruise on Carina

November 11th, 2009 Comments off

Carina Liveaboard to Play Host to Marine Biologists for Special Diving Tour

Maldives Dive Travel is proud to announce that from February 8 – 22, 2010, Carina Liveaboard will be hosting a very special scuba diving tour, led by marine biology experts and PADI-certified dive instructors, Mary Eichler-Bilek and Leo Bilek.

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Mary Eichler-Bilek and Leo Bilek offer Marine Biology Tour in the Maldives

Maldives Marine Biology Diving Tour Route

The proposed route for the Carina liveaboard during this special marine biology-focused tour of the Maldives is to cruise around the South Male Atoll, Felidhu Atoll, Ari Atoll and Rasdhoo Atoll.  The tour will begin and end in Male.  The route is weather-permitting and changes may be made without notice.

Furthermore, the route will follow the specific marine life upon which Mary Eichler-Bilek’s marine biology workshops will focus.

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Mary Eichler-Bilek, Padi Instructor & Marine Biology Expert

Marine Biology Themed Cruise of the Maldives

The marine biology scuba diving cruise on the Carina liveaboard is ideal for scuba divers who love the ocean, its inhabitants and want to learn more about the diversity of marine life in the Maldives.

After ten years of scuba diving in the Maldives, Mary Eichler-Bilek is an expert in Maldives marine biology and she enjoys passing this knowledge on to others during her popular marine biology cruises.

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Carina Liveaboard to Host Marine Biology Tour of the Maldives

Carina Marine Biology Diving Cruise Information

Throughout this special marine biology diving cruise, in-depth dive briefings and workshops help participants to discover the reefs and their inhabitants in a whole new light.

Briefings are held in English and German.

The entire diving package price is EUR 2,150 per person, including marine biology workshops, all dives and meals.

Night Naturalist Specialty Course & PADI- Underwater Naturalist Certification

A very special feature of this cruise is the opportunity to take the Night Naturalist Specialty course, a programme developed by Mary herself and recognised by PADI. There is also the option of obtaining the PADI- Underwater naturalist certification during the cruise.  The certification fee of each certification is EUR 90 (the fee is payable on board Carina).

The cruise start date is confirmed, and a few places are still open for booking. We look forward to diving with you! Please contact us via http://www.maldivesdivetravel.com/contact_us for more information and bookings.

Maldives Sea Level Crisis is not True

October 29th, 2009 Comments off

Swedish Scientist Findings: Maldives are Not in Danger of Sinking

A Swedish scientist, a specialist on sea level changes, wrote a letter to President Mohamed Nasheed, explaining that the rising sea levels that he claims threatens to drown the Maldives within the next 50-100 years, was based neither on observational facts nor true scientific judgments.

Maldives Sea Levels Have Not Risen: Swedish Scientist

Swedish scientist Nils-Axel Morner, former chairman of the INQUA International Commission on Sea Level Change, has 30 years of experience in researching and studying changes in sea level. In 2000, he led a survey in the Maldives to observe and identify the effects of increasing sea levels in the country.

President Mohammed Nasheed of the Maldives Disregarded Scientific Evidence

In Morner’s letter to President Nasheed, he said, “In 2001, when our research group found overwhelming evidence that sea level was by no means rising in the Maldives, but rather had remained quite stable for the last 30 years, I thought it would not be respectful to the fine people of the Maldives if I were to return home and present our results to international community. Therefore, I announced this happy news during an interview with your local TV station. However, your predecessor, as President, censored and stopped the broadcast.”

President Mohammed Nasheed Ignores Communication from Scientist

“When you became President, I was hoping both for democracy and for dialogue. However, I have written to you twice without reply. Your people ought not to have to suffer a constant claim that there is no future for them on their own islands. This terrible message is deeply inappropriate, since it is founded not upon reality but upon an imported concept, which lacks scientific justification and is thus untenable. There is simply no rational basis for it.”

Maldives Climate Change Facts

Scientist Nils Morner also gave a few summarized facts in the Maldives:

(1) In the last 2000 years, sea level has oscillated with 5 peaks reaching between 0.6m  to 1.2 m above the present sea level

(2) From 1790 to 1970 sea level was about 20 cm higher than today

(3) In the 1970s, sea level fell by about 20 cm to its present level

(4) Sea level has remained stable for the last 30 years, implying that there are no traces of any alarming on-going sea level rise.

(5) Therefore, we are able to free the Maldives (and the rest of low-lying coasts and island around the globe) from the condemnation of becoming flooded in the near future.

Morner also mentioned in his letter that the President is making a serious mistake by ignoring the available observational facts, refusing a normal democratic dialogue and continuing to menace the Maldivian people with the imaginary threat of a disastrous flooding already in progress.

From underwater, Maldives sends warning on climate change

October 18th, 2009 Comments off

Underwater Cabinet Meeting about Climate Change in the Maldives

With fish as witnesses, the president of Maldives and his Cabinet wore scuba gear and used hand signals Saturday at an underwater meeting to highlight the threat climate change poses to the archipelago nation.

The Maldives declaration will be presented at a U.N. summit on climate change in December.

The meeting, chaired by President Mohamed Nasheed, took place around a table about 16 feet (5 meters) underwater, according to the president’s Web site. Bubbles ascended from the face masks the president and the Cabinet wore, and fish swam around them.

At the meeting, the Cabinet signed a declaration calling for global cuts in carbon emissions that will be presented before a U.N. climate summit in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.

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“We are trying to send our message to let the world know what is happening and what will happen to the Maldives if climate change isn’t checked,” Nasheed said, according to his Web site.

Asked what would happen if Copenhagen fails, the president said, “We are all going to die,” according to the site.

The ministers signed their wet suits, which are being auctioned, to raise money for coral reef protection in the Maldives, the Web site said.

Maldives is grappling with the very likely possibility that it will go under water if the current pace of climate change keeps rising sea levels. The Maldives is an archipelago of almost 1,200 coral islands south-southwest of India. Most of it lies just 4.9 feet (1.5 meters) above sea level.

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change has forecast a rise in sea levels of at least 7.1 inches (18 cm) by the end of the century.

The country’s capital, Male, is protected by sea walls. But creating a similar barrier around the rest of the country will be cost-prohibitive.

Soon after his election in November, Nasheed raised the possibility of finding a new homeland for the country’s 396,000 residents.

The tourist nation wants to set aside part of its annual billion-dollar revenue into buying a new homeland, he said at the time.

“We will invest in land,” he said. “We do not want to end up in refugee tents if the worst happens.”

Nasheed’s government said it has broached the idea with several countries and found them to be “receptive.”

Maldives count down to 350. International day of climate action.

October 13th, 2009 Comments off

A report from Mohamed Sheeneen, October 11, 2009

The Islands of Maldives is taking its initiative to be heard on the 17th of October 2009The country would send a message to the world that the days of reacting to climate change is now, that the voices of people of the Maldives must be heard if the nation is to survive. As globe climate change is in effect. The highest point above sea level in Maldives is at 2.4meters, making it a vulnerable place, Sea level rise would perhaps annihilate this country.

Maldives count down to 350. International day of climate action. Maldives count down to 350. International day of climate action.

Mohamed Waheed, Vice President of the Maldives officially lunched the 350 event on 24th of September. On the 24th The International Day of Climate Action, events would begin in the capital of Maldives organized by different associations and individuals, The Divers Association of Maldives (D.A.M) would carry out a 24hour dive event where none stop events would go on underwater.350 divers would take part in one event, a show about shark protection awareness program would also be featured.

A Photo exhibition would take place organized by the Photographers Association of Maldives and 350 post cards would be sent to 350 different world leaders.

The most closely watched event would be held on the 17 of this month where for the first time in the world The Cabinet of a country would have its 47 official cabinet meeting underwater with Scuba equipment; work is underway to air this event on TV. The President of the Maldives and the ministers would endorse a statement by the people of Maldives and would be presented by President Mohamed Nasheed at the Copenhagen summit scheduled to be held in December.

Some of the Cabinet ministers are already certified divers and a number of Ministers have already completed the Padi Discover Scuba training with the guidance of D.A.M and with the support by the Maldives National Defense force & the Coast Guard.

The question still remains for the time, would the Copenhagen summit bring out positive results?

Maldives to Hold Underwater Cabinet Meeting

October 8th, 2009 Comments off

Maldives to Hold Cabinet Meeting Underwater

A report from the Associated Press, October 6, 2009

The Maldivian government ministers are currently taking scuba lessons and learning underwater signs in preparation for an unprecedented Cabinet meeting at the bottom of the ocean intended to highlight the threat global warming poses to the low-lying nation.

Maldives President Nasheed Considered Authority on Climate Change

Since taking office last year, President Mohammed Nasheed has become an important international voice and authority on the impact of climate change amid fears that rising ocean levels could swamp the island nation of the Maldives within a century, if not sooner.

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President Nasheed of the Maldives

Maldives to “Relocate” to New Territory if Climate Change Continues

He has announced plans for a fund to buy a new homeland for his people if the Maldives’ 1,192 low-lying coral islands are submerged. He also has promised to make the Maldives, with a population of 350,000, the world’s first carbon-neutral nation within a decade.

Nasheed will chair a meeting of his 14 Cabinet ministers about 20 feet (six meters) underwater on Oct. 17, said Aminath Shauna, an official from the president’s office.

Underwater Government Meeting to Raise Awareness

“The intention is to draw the attention of the world leaders to the issue of global warming and highlight how serious are the threats faced by Maldives as a result,” she said.

Scuba Gear and Hand Signals to be used in the Underwater Cabinet Meeting

The ministers will wear scuba gear for the gathering off the island of Girifushi — about 20 minutes journey by speed boat from the capital, Male, she said. The ministers will communicate using hand gestures and are now receiving diving lessons, she said, adding that Nasheed is a certified diver.

At the meeting, the Cabinet plans to sign a document calling on all countries to cut down their carbon emissions ahead of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, where the countries will negotiate a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, Shauna said.

Wealthy nations want broad cuts in emissions from all countries, while poorer ones say industrialized countries should carry most of the burden.

The Maldives’ islands average 7 feet (2.13 meters) above sea level, making the Maldives the lowest-lying nation on Earth.