Integrating Tourism into Adaptation to Climate Change in the Maldives

Thursday, 18 December 2008 07:53

The Maldives tourism sector faces major issues resulting from climate change, such as shoreline and beach erosion, reduced water availability, interrupted supply chain and coral bleaching, among others.

The aim of this project is to further develop and demonstrate adaptation initiatives that will reduce the vulnerability of the tourism sector, and its natural and human resource base, to the impacts of climate variability and change. It will enhance the sustainability of the natural resource base and the capacity of operators and tourism dependent communities to respond to these challenges.

Tourism operators in the Maldives are already taking actions on environmental management. This project will strengthen these measures and the policy environment enabling their implementation in an integrated way. The project is being developed in the framework of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) and its Focal Area on Climate Change.

An initial proposal has been approved by GEF to facilitate the first phase of the project development. This phase serves to define a full project proposal through stakeholder consultations. The full project will have 3-4 years duration, and expected to be funded from the GEF Special Climate Change Fund. Read more

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