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Impact of Climate Change in the Maldives. Scotland and Climate Change - Getting it Right In the Chamber of the Scottish Parliament Friday, 27 March 2009. The Maldives . Population: 385,000 (2008 est.) 1,190 islands – 197 inhabited Area: 298 sq. km ( > 99% sea)

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Impact of Climate Changein the Maldives

Scotland and Climate Change - Getting it RightIn the Chamber of the Scottish ParliamentFriday, 27 March 2009


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The Maldives

  • Population: 385,000 (2008 est.)

  • 1,190 islands – 197 inhabited

  • Area: 298 sq. km ( > 99% sea)

  • Tourism & Fishery main industries

  • GDP per capita - approx. US$ 3000


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Capital Male’

  • Capital Male’

  • Area: 2 sq. km

  • Population: 120,000

  • Majority of islands have less than 2,000

  • Industrial and financial hub

  • Protected by seawall


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Critical Issues

  • Average elevation 1.5 m above sea level

  • Flooding reported in many islands

  • Coastal / beach erosion

  • Fresh water shortages

  • Maldives contributes less than 0.001% to GHG emissions

IPCC projects sea level rise of up to 0.88m by 2100

Maldives could be wiped out as a result


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Coral bleaching as a result of rising temperatures


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Flooding reported commonly


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Severe beach erosion observed in islands


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Maldives ‘Climate Change’ Strategy

Driving forward international agreements on climate change

Capacity development

Technology transfer

Adaptation Actions in the Maldives

(e.g. coastal protection).

Funding

Mitigation Actions in the Maldives

(e.g. carbon neutral)


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Maldives ‘Climate Change’ Strategy

  • The President announced that the Maldives would be Carbon Neutral within 10 years

  • On going focus on driving forward international commitments

  • National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA)

  • Introducing renewable energy to the Maldives

  • Cooperate with international research organisations (make the Maldives a hub for research in related areas)


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Summary

  • Climate Change is a real threat to the very existence of the Maldives

  • The Maldives needs international support and calls for global actions to combat Climate Change

  • International agreements and co-ordinated actions essential in the build up to the Copenhagen Summit in December 2009

  • The Maldives aims to lead by example (carbon neutral within the next 10 years)


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Together we can save the world.Thank You!

Presented by

Mr. Ahmed Moosa

Envoy for Science and Technology

Government of the Maldives


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