The Maldives archipelago, made of idyllic islands lost in the middle of the Indian Ocean, is a fragile paradise.
Global warming is already causing coral destruction, rising sea levels and coastal erosion. Eventually, 80% of the Maldives could be submerged. Tourism has harmful effects such as the accumulation of waste, some of which is toxic, that pollutes the transparent lagoons.
Moreover, this postcard setting also hides an Islamic republic that, unbeknownst to the tourists, strictly applies the Sharia.