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Preparing the Maldives for the Effects of Climate Change

The Enhance Climate Resiliency and Water Security project strengthens the Maldives utility service sector and enhances 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 is providing assistance to the national government. The project works 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 will help ensure that the strategies used to boost climate resiliency are locally sustainable.

To ensure sustainability, the project is assisting 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, the project is helping 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 will have the tools and knowledge to plan for their future in the face of global climate change.
Expected Results 

  • A more climate-resilient island to serve as a model for future development efforts
  • Increased access to safe and affordable water supply on the target island
  • Improved knowledge, attitudes, and practices among residents and stakeholders on the target island, allowing them to actively engage as stewards of their environment
  • Better national planning and regulatory capacity to address climate resiliency and water security
  • Higher-quality national utility services for remote island residents


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