ECOCARE Maldives is suing the ministry of environment and energy and the Environmental Protection Agency in a bid to impose legal action against the reclamation of the Kulhudhuffushi Mangrove without proper measures to contain environmental degradation of the sensitive mangrove area.

The suit filed on November 8, 2017, was accepted and registered at the Maldives Civil Court on November 13, 2017.

The suit concerns the non-compliance of the Environmental Decision Statement provided by the environment ministry by the developer and contracting parties ahead of the beginning of the reclamation work of the mangrove.

This non-compliance is in violation of articles 22 and 67, (h) of the Maldivian constitution; articles 1 and 3 of the Maldives Environmental Protection Act and article 14, (b), (1) of the Maldives Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation.

In its lawsuit, ECOCARE Maldives has asked the court to direct the environment ministry and the EPA to take action against the non-compliance with reference to article 25, (a), 3 of the Maldives Environmental Impact Assessment Regulation.

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