“One person is in charge of massive [amounts] of funds. There is a lack of human resources within the Environment Ministry. Only a couple of people have dominated [climate change projects] since the 1990’s,” claimed a source familiar with the challenges facing climate governance in the Maldives.
Flooding due to three weeks of severe weather and heavy rain has damaged households, sewerage systems, as well as caused extensive agricultural destruction, according to the National Disaster Management Centre. Food shortages on some islands have resulted from agricultural damage as well as the disruption of transportation and supply networks.
Despite the push for population consolidation, displaced communities in the Maldives after the 2004 tsunami continue to face serious challenges.
“Although the Maldives’ performance in human development in the South Asian region is quite commendable, the country continues to face a number of risks and vulnerabilities,” said UN Resident Coordinator Tony Lisle during his speech at the report’s launch.
A week of severe thunderstorms across the island-nation resulted in five foot swells for Saturday’s final, providing competitors with strong, hollow waves at the Raalhugandu surf area.
The project aims to address climate change impacts by mitigating flooding and erosion due to storm surge, enhance fresh water security, as well as create economic benefits from these sustainable conservation initiatives.
Environment Minister Dr Mariyam Shakeela noted that no policy on environmental protection has been articulated by candidates despite their numerous election pledges during her speech at the “NGO Forum on Environment and Sustainable Development 2013” held by the Environment Ministry and NGO Federation yesterday (May 5).
Seventy people representing 12 nationalities – including scuba divers representing all levels of experience, underwater photo journalists, and guests – participated in the 24 hour “10 to 10 Rannamaari wreck” event.
Deputy Leader of the government-aligned DRP Ahmed ‘Mavota’ Shareef questioned the viability of trying to introduce large-scale mariculture within the Maldives, slamming the MDP’s economic predictions as inaccurate and an election ploy.