By Elisa Jiménez Alonso
The Maldives is located in the Indian Ocean and comprised of 1192 coral islands, it is also the world’s lowest lying country. At its highest point it is only 2.4 meters above sea level. As such, water has been the lifeline of the islands for most of the past. With climate change, however, it is increasingly becoming a threat. On the one hand parts of the Maldives ae experiencing drinking water shortages, while others are regularly being flooded. Rising ocean temperatures and acidification are also affecting coral reefs, which are crucial for many local livelihoods.
In this United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) video, we see the efforts undertaken in the Maldives to help vulnerable communities with climate change induced water shortages. The “Supporting vulnerable communities in Maldives to manage climate change-induced water shortages” project is being implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Energy. The project targets 49 islands across of 13 atolls that experience water shortages linked to low rainfall and extended dry periods, brought on by a changing climate. It aims to provide safe and reliable freshwater to 105,000 people, roughly 30 percent of the island nation’s residents.
Watch the video below to learn more about this project and howthe Maldives are adapting to climate change related water shortages: