Maldives wants emissions cuts but not from tourism

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The Maldives, worried about rising seas from climate change, wants steeper cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions but is unwilling to curb its tourism industry, which is reliant on polluting international flights.

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, in Singapore promoting his book “Paradise Drowning” at an environmental business summit, said cutting back on tourism was not the answer even though the country’s survival was more important than development.

“I don’t think it’s a viable option for us to cut down on tourism because it’s the mainstay of our economy,” Gayoom told Reuters in an interview on Tuesday.


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