Low Emission Climate Resilient Development (LECReD)


Maldives has made significant commitments to the pursuit of a low emission climate resilient development agenda but critical challenges remain. Photo: Masrah Naseem/UNDP Maldives 2012.

The US$9.2 million Low Emission Climate Resilient Development (LECReD), a UN Joint Programme responds to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework Outcome 9: “Enhanced capacities at national and local levels to support low carbon life-styles, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction” and builds on the comparative strengths of United Nations Organizations including UNDP, UNICEF, UNOPS, UNFPA, UN WOMEN, WHO and FAO.

Our Work

The programme will assist the Laamu Atoll and its islands to realize low emission and climate resilient development (LECReD). The programme seeks to mainstream LECReD issues into local level development planning and service delivery for greater community-level ownership and sustainability of programme benefits. Towards this objective, the programme will support local councils, civil society, private sector and other local stakeholders to establish platforms for stronger partnerships, improved coordination, and enhanced participation in local planning for LECReD; it will strengthen data and knowledge systems for LECReD; improve local level LECReD development planning and management of service delivery; and through a learning-by-doing approach establish early lessons and build demand for LECReD planning and management for replication and scaling-up.

Towards achieving this, following activities were carried out.


  • UNDP conducted a study titled “Feasibility Study and Technical Requirements to build a central power station, distribution network and intake of renewable energy” for Gan-Fonadhoo stretch.
  • UNDP started the establishment of Island Working Groups in all inhabited islands of Laamu Atoll to support programme implementation. 


  • UNDP completed the establishment of Island Working Groups and formulated the Laamu Working Group who will provide local expertise, perspectives, advice and guidance to the successful implementation of the programme.

  • UNDP conducted the first Climate Change Forum in the Maldives titled “Laamu Climate Change Forum” under the theme “Climate Resilience and Laamu”. The forum was held from 20 – 21 April 2015 in Laamu Atoll Fonadhoo and was attended by all key stakeholders.

  • UNDP launched a series of Multi-Sector Dialogue (MSD) in the first Climate Change Forum.

  • UNDP conducted a study tour to Adh. Fenfushi and AA. Ukulhas to expose Laamu Atoll stakeholders to good waste management practices initiated at community level.

  • UNDP launched a Small Grants Programme to provide enabling grants of up to USD 50,000 to local councils, community based organizations, women’s development committees, non-governmental organizations, schools, small and medium enterprises, female entrepreneurs, farmers and fisherman to conduct community based projects.

UNDP's Role

As a pioneer for the LECRED concept, UNDP has been providing a leadership role in global discourse on climate change adaptation and low emission development and has paved the way to bringing low emission climate resilient development (LECReD) into mainstream development discourse.

UNDP Maldives has been a long-term partner of the Government, in climate change and environmental management, and also in Governance and poverty reduction. UNDP Maldives, has also assisted Maldives in its direct response to climate change including the establishment of a portfolio of LECReD projects. Read more about UNDP's role in the LECReD project in the attached Project Document.



YEAR 2013 - 2016
TOTAL              US$ 4,649,800


YEAR            AMMOUNT
2013                 US$ 12,000.00
Programme Commenced:
1st Nov, 2013
Estimated End Date:
1st Nov, 2016
Geographic Coverage:
Laamu Atoll, Maldives
Focus Area:
low carbon lifestyles, climate change adaptation, and disaster risk reduction
7: Ensure Environmental Sustainability
Programme Focal Point (UNDP)
Aishath Azfa, Project Manager
Coordinating Agency:
Administrative Agent:
UNDP Multi-Donor Trust Fund Office
Total budget:
US$9.2 million
Funded Budget:
US$9.2 million
Sources of funded budget:
Maldives One UN Fund
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