Maldives is an isolated nation and is among the smallest and poorest countries in the world. In olden times, the islands provided the main source of cowrie shells, then used as currency throughout Asia and parts of the East African coast. Moreover, historically Maldives has had a strategic importance because of its location on the major marine routes of the Indian Ocean. Maldives' nearest neighbors are Sri Lanka and India, both of which have had cultural and economic ties with Maldives for centuries. Although under nominal Portuguese, Dutch, and British influences after the 16th century, Maldivians were left to govern themselves under a long line of sultans and occasionally sultanas.
Maldives gained independence in 1965. The British, who had been Maldives' last colonial power, continued to maintain an air base on the island of Gan in the southernmost atoll until 1976. The British departure in 1976 almost immediately triggered foreign speculation about the future of the air base; the Soviet Union requested use of the base, but Maldives refused.
The greatest challenge facing the republic in the early 1990s was the need for rapid economic development and modernization, given the country's limited resource base in fishing, agricuture and tourism. Concern was also evident over a projected long-term rise in sea level, which would prove disastrous to the low-lying coral islands. Fortunately in the early 2000s it was found sea level had fallen during preceding decades.
The Maldivian economy was for many centuries, entirely dependent on fishing and other marine products; therefore fishing has been and still remains the main occupation of the people. This being so, the government gives special priority to the development of the fisheries sector.
The mechanization of the traditional fishing dhoani in 1974 is a major milestone in the development of the fisheries industry and the country's economy in general. A fish canning plant was installed in the island of Felivaru, in 1977, as a joint venture with a Japanese firm. Fish aggregating devices and navigational aids were located at various strategic points. Moreover, the opening up of the Exclusive Economic Zone of Maldives for fisheries has further enhanced the growth of the fisheries sector. Today, fisheries contribute over 15 percent of the GDP and engage about 30 percent of the country's work force. It is also largest foreign exchange earner next to tourism.
Malé International Airport at HululeThe development of tourism has fostered the overall growth of the country's economy. It has created direct and indirect employment and income generation opportunities in other related industries. Today, tourism is the country's biggest foreign exchange earner, contributing to 20% percent of the GDP. With 86 tourist resorts in operation, the year 2000 recorded 467,154 tourist arrivals; Italians are the most part.
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barrufeto_77 (28886) 2005-09-20 3:49
I wish I would be there. Maybe more definition in the near water perhaps?
In any case, congratulations!
bantonbuju (51815) 2005-09-20 3:51
i was right, you are a marine man, paolo, you are absolutely devoted to the sea and you can "feel" its beauty; like here in this simple yet so beautiful image;
cessy (13647) 2005-09-20 3:52
beautiful, what a wonderful place
must be really nice swiming there
very nice capture, Paolo
thaprem (2558) 2005-09-20 4:58
Beautiful Shot Paolo...
I like the way the contrasting colours juxtapose...
AmiBe (6042) 2005-09-20 5:55
fantastic lagoon, beautiful colors.
I would to be there right now.
Well composed and the sky is nice with the clouds.
ajcsousa (1804) 2005-09-20 6:03
Very nice picture. Good composition ( i like the diagonal you created). Lovely colors and light. Well done
marieaude (1196) 2005-09-20 6:29
Hi Paolo, this is an other provocation !!!
Great colours in the sky and the ocean. Again I feel like jumping there and swim during hours.....You are lucky Man !!!
Thank for this moment. Bye
fabio_ts (13696) 2005-09-20 7:15
Un'altra bellissima immagine Paolo, con un gusto notevole per la composizione.. l'accostamento cromatico toglie il fiato ..ottimo lavoro, bravo.
buona giornata, Fabio.
sylvie (1183) 2005-09-20 10:05
I like this colour of water a lot and it is great to see that coral, nice horizon, well done.
feather (51130) 2005-09-20 10:17
Beautiful colours on a simple composition; I like the spit of land which leads us into the frame. Excellent note.
Sasa (341) 2005-09-20 11:05
You were right, we had a similar idea, as well as a title!
Photo looks great; like a postcard.
I love those clouds, that is the best looking type of sky that any photographer could wish for
(or maybe its heavy rain)...
...anyhow, great photo!
gaby (19819) 2005-09-20 11:09
Les Maldives - c'est beau (j'ai vécu plusieurs années sur l'Ile de la Réunion) - ce partage des couleurs entre la mer, le ciel, l'horizon et le sable est fabuleux et ta compositon avec ces courbes très belle -
Merci et bonne soirée
Polka (596) 2005-09-20 12:43
Well done Paolo,
the colours of the the sea, the reef in diagonal are very well captured.
Maybe, I should cut a piece of the sky to give more place at the sea.
huynt (5079) 2005-09-20 19:28
It is simple but very nice view. I like the green color of water and tree on the small island in background. Well done
jinju (14265) 2005-09-21 0:00
The Maldives always go hand in hand with images of luxury. I think we tend to think of the Maldives as the land of 6 star resorts and rich vacations. I never even thought of the country as a poor country. Thats the power of media brainwashing. Though I guess that its has to be true, because apart from tpurism, there really isnt much there. The islands are really only useful for tourism as any sort of industry. I suppose that its a love hate relationship, tourists creating a double layered economy of rich and poor but also being the only cash cow for the country. Thats why the tsunami was so bad for the country I guess, if tourism is affected the hit will be felt by everyone in a major way.
The photo Paolo is quite gorgeous. The blue water seems so peaceful but as we know, it can be a killer. Looking at the photo we can see how vulnerable the country is to tsunamis or rising water levels.
Gix (3565) 2005-09-21 3:06
...anche le Maldive!
bella composizione, mi piace questa lingua di terra ad arco che taglia in diagonale.
Che mare!!... chissà cosa si vede sotto con la maschera... ;D)))
Sembra che lo scanner non abbia più la dominante rossa, la sequenza di verde e blu è molto suggestiva, anche senza sapere che sono... le Maldive!
bazal (7900) 2005-09-21 4:04
I can't say clearlyif it's green or blue, but what's sure is that this place is a real paradise. It's a little pity the picture is not sharper, but the general colors are so fantastic...
Thanks for sharing !
journeywood (195) 2005-09-21 11:36
The narrow strip of land really draws the eye. It's not as sharp as it could be, but probably because it's a scan. Looks like the idea of paradise for many.
DLM (6479) 2005-09-21 16:59
Hi Paolo,beautiful shot with awesome colours,nice lines too which add to this wonderful composition.
ChrisJ (116676) 2005-09-22 8:36
I like the stunning aquamarine & turquoise colors, of the reef waters. Good work, & bellisimo!
Cricri (122617) 2005-09-23 12:54
Bonjour Paolo, Trés belles couleurs turquoises de l'eau et du bleu du ciel, belle composition, trés jolie photo.
starbug (6924) 2005-09-24 7:25
Hi Paolo, beautiful colours again and great composition! A paradise-like place shown perefctly.
msuess (615) 2005-09-29 6:59
this is a wonderfull picture. I like the composition and the strong colors a lot. imho, the picture suffered in term of sharpness while scanning in.
great picture anyway!
PixelTerror (0) 2005-10-01 9:37
We see here not only Sardegna has these dreamy colors, you restored well this nice oldie to show them, the sand band between both water areas is excellent, you might have wanted to sharpen a tiny bit more here, although I know very well sharpening quickly brings significant quality degradation of the water rendering, and there is a bit of water i this view ;-)
Have a nice week end,