Maumoon Abdul Gayoom
President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom has encouraged research on the increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide and sea level rise.
He has publicised the climate change issue locally and internationally, beginning with his address on the subject to the United Nations General Assembly in 1987.
Subsequently, he has drawn global attention to the subject through many of his press interviews and statements at regional and international forums culminating in his address to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.
A journalist and writer on the environment. His weekly page in the daily, "Haveeru", has been published for four years, generating environmental awareness in the public and government. Mr. Zahir has brought to the attention of government the alarming coral reefs base crack which led to an investigation by experts. He is a member of VESHI, an NGO committed to sustainable development and the stopping of environmental degradation. Mr. Zahir was honoured with the National Award of Encouragement in 1989 for his outstanding services to the environment.