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The island nation has signed a deal with a Dutch company to investigate building the world’s first permanent floating golf course, along with a convention centre and residential rooms, on a platform on the Indian Ocean.
“If they can make this work we could adopt that and keep more houses on floating islands.”
Amphibious housing was pioneered in the Netherlands and the company is also working on a project in Dubai. President Nasheed of the Maldives has made his country — whose highest point is only two metres above sea level — the poster child for the risks of rising sea levels due to climate change. He said he will make it the first carbon neutral country by 2020 and may create a sovereign wealth fund to buy land in case the Maldives becomes uninhabitable. Last October the Cabinet staged a meeting — complete with desks — in scuba gear on the seabed to highlight the dangers of global warming.