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Preparing the Maldives for the Effects of Climate Change

The Enhance Climate Resiliency and Water Security project strengthened the Maldives utility service sector and enhanced water quality management for the tiny island nation.

The Republic of the Maldives is especially vulnerable to climate-related hazards, such as extreme rainfall, droughts, rising sea levels, damaging winds, and elevated water and air temperatures.

To improve the Maldives’ preparedness for such hazards, the USAID Enhance Climate Resiliency and Water Security project provided assistance to the national government. Also referred to as Maldives Global Climate Change (Maldives GCC), the project worked primarily with the Ministry of Environment and Energy, island council, the national utility, and residents of one island designated to be an example to other islands nearby. This collaboration helped ensure that the strategies used to boost climate resiliency are locally sustainable.

To ensure sustainability, the project assisted the Maldives to prepare for climate variability by building central and local government capacity to undertake long-term and integrated water planning. Effective and sustainable service delivery is critical to climate resiliency, requiring orderly planning to turn information about climate variability into durable solutions.

Equally important, Maldives GCC helped island residents, local governments, the national utility, and governmental regulators to better work together to plan for and adjust to the expected impact of climate change. As a result, residents of one of the most vulnerable places in the world gained the tools and knowledge to plan for their future in the face of global climate change.
Project Results 

  • Created operator and laboratory technician certification programs for the water production sector in order to train existing staff and nurture a strong recruitment pool
  • ​Developed a public utility performance monitoring system to measure customer satisfaction and utility performance across four sectors
  • Promoted youth advocacy through videography and photography training courses and field trips focused on water and environmental management
  • Produced a public awareness campaign with dozens of informational materials — billboards, posters, TV spots, and factsheets — on climate change adaptation
​Final Report

Project Duration: 2011 - 2016


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