Scaling up the National Capacity for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Maldives


Over the last 10 years, the small island state of Maldives has suffered from the region’s worst-ever catastrophic disaster event, which is the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. Since then, localized disasters due to hydro-meteorological and oceanic hazards have been frequently recurring. Future outlook is likely to worsen according to the modeled impacts of climate change such as sea level rise, changes in rainfall patterns and temperature increase. All these can cause grave risk to the very small islands of the country and the cost of damages may be enormous in relation to the size of the country’s economy. 

Our Work & Results

The Government of Maldives is firmly committed to enhancement of its capacity for disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM). To address challenges and constraints to increase Maldives’ capacity for DRRM, the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC) of the Maldives has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme. This project aims to support the Government of Maldives for its enactment and operationalization of Disaster Risk Management (DRM) legislation, strengthening of early warning operating procedures, increasing public awareness and knowledge on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, and increasing community capacity for disaster preparedness. 

This project seeks to increase capacities especially at the island level. It will directly result to: a) Enhancement of island level capacity for disaster response in 20 islands; b) Strengthening early warning systems in 4 island level; and c) Improve capacity of stakeholders through NDMC to report progress according to Sendai Framework for DRR by making the stakeholders aware on their mandate on the Sendai Framework, what needs to be reported by when to NDMC. 


Intended Results:

The following concrete results will be delivered under this project:

1.       40 master trainers from 20 islands are trained in disseminating skills on DRR

2.      20 islands with standard operating procedures for receiving early warning and actions to be taken

3.      20 islands with community response teams (CERTs) with capacities in hazard monitoring, preparedness, response and recovery.

4.      15 CERTs with disaster response equipment (Flood drainage pumps, firefighting kits, Search and rescue kits)

5.      4 islands establish early warning communication systems

6.      20 Islands have timely access to usable early warning for sudden onset and slow onset disasters

7.      The NDMC is able to:

a.      Receive warning from MMS and disseminate messages and instructions for official actions to DM focal points on timely manner

b.      Establish innovative methodology for crisis monitoring at the island level as evidence for improved preparedness and timely response and recovery. This can include crowdsourcing and appropriate scientific application

c.      Establish capacity for disaster data damages and loss reporting

d.      Establish a  National Platform on disaster management for policy advocacy and coordination


Funding 2015-2017

Government of Japan   
         - Government of Maldives (in-kind and parallel)  
         - UNDP (cash)  
TOTAL US$ 380,000

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