The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined Maafushivaru Maldives about MVR 400,000, on Tuesday, for failing to comply with the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report for resort development.
According to local media, Maafushivaru Maldives promptly paid the MVR 402,500 penalties to the EPA.
According to information in the tourism ministry’s database, the resort is operated by Paradise Resorts Development & Management Private Limited, which has ties to Universal Enterprises.
The resort, however, is managed by DER Touristik, a part of Germany’s REWE Group, under the lti Hotels brand. The resort was opened with the reopening of the border following the closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the EPA, the resort was penalized because some of the resort’s activities breached the EIA report.
Several resorts have been fined by the EPA in the last two years for failing to comply with the EIA report and violating environmental protection laws.