What is the current environmental position of the Maldives and the climate risks involved?
Flooding has increased at household levels, and so has damage. We also know that tidal activity has increased both on the shorelines and at the reefs. There is also increased erosion at the island level.
The Maldives is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change.
How severe are the dangers, and how aware is the Maldives population of what’s happening around them?
What adaptation policies are being implemented, and what proactive measures are being taken by the government?
The government is taking proactive measures to reduce the impacts of climate change and disaster risks. Our five-year Strategic Action Plan is risk-informed and covers climate and disaster risks across all policy areas.
We are working with local communities to build their preparedness capacities, ensuring every island has a disaster mitigation plan and that their capacities at the island level (in terms of trained people and equipment) are sufficient to mitigate and manage local-level disasters.
We are trying to empower communities, so they have the right people and the right tools at hand. Right now, we see island communities working on their own to revive ecosystems, mangroves, and beaches to address erosion.
Training people and equipping people will make them more resilient and less dependent on national systems. If we have more resilient communities that are self-sufficient, we know that the most hazard risks will be reduced. This gives them more opportunities to focus on productive economic activities.
Mr. Umar Fikry spoke with ADPC at the Seventh session of the Global Platform (GP2022) in Bali, Indonesia.