Climate change is a pressing reality for Maldives, the Indian Ocean’s picturesque archipelago comprising 1,200 islands. With the highest points of the island nation no more than 8 feet above sea level, it is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the impacts of climate change—from sea level rise to more frequent and intense weather events. High population density, dependence on climate-sensitive industries like fisheries and tourism, and over exploitation of natural resources further exacerbate its vulnerability.
Through REGENERATE, or Reefs Generate Environmental and Economic Resiliency for Atoll Ecosystems, USAID, in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is helping Maldives increase citizen awareness of the impacts of climate change on their lives and livelihoods—and empower citizens to play an active role.
Says Ali: “in Maldives, we have the opportunity to work with other stakeholders to protect our coral reefs. We cannot do it overnight, but we can do it.” Read More