Through interventions in wetland management and solid waste management in the Addu and Gnaviyani atolls, the project will benefit more than 4,000 households through enhanced tourism, livelihood opportunities, and ecosystem conservation.
In the Maldives, biodiversity-based sectors contribute to 89 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), 98 percent of exports and 71 percent of employment. Agriculture and fisheries that are both dependent on the country’s unique natural resources account for 3.4 percent of the GDP and 10.6 percent of employment. Nature-based tourism is the main driver of economic growth, accounting for around 18 percent of the country’s GDP. Wetland conservation, coral reef protection and solid waste management are critically important for the Maldives to adapt to climate change.
A sound policy framework is in place for wetlands conservation, coral reef protection and solid waste management in the Maldives. Nevertheless, the escalating environmental pressures exceed the country’s ability to manage its environment and adapt to climate change. This has resulted in an urgent need to build environmental management capacity at the national, atoll and island levels.
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A video about the trash situations on Maldives, by "Alison's Adventures"