ICCR: Integrating Climate Change Risks into Resilient Island Planning in the Maldives


 Maldivian islands are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Photo: Hussain Jinan 2008.

The Integrating Climate Change Risk to Resilient Island Planning project aims to enhance capacity of national, provincial, atoll and island authorities and civil society leaders to integrate climate risk information into policy, planning and investment decisions.

The ICCRRIP’s programmatic structure consists of 4 outcomes:

·          Outcome 1: Capacity Development. The project is expected to result in enhanced capacity of national, provincial, atoll and island authorities and civil society leaders to integrate climate risk information into policy, planning and investment decisions.

·          Outcome 2: Policy Support. The project is expected to result in integration of climate risk planning into key national policies that govern or impact land use planning, coastal protection and development.

·          Outcome 3: Climate Risk Reduction. The expected outcome is locally prioritized, appropriate adaptation options that reduce exposure to climate change risks. This outcome focuses on developing the adaptation capacity of island communities and local authorities.

·          Outcome 4: Knowledge Management and Learning. Under this outcome, lessons learned and adaptation knowledge generated through the project will be systematically compiled, analyzed and disseminated nationally and internationally, thereby supporting further up scaling and replication.

Our Work & Results

 Waves splashing onto the Maldivian capital island during the 2004 tsunami. Photo: Umair Badeeu 2004.

·        Under this project a survey was done to identify different costal protection adaptation measures that are practiced in the different islands in the Maldives. The survey analyzed the effectiveness of different measures and compared the advantages of soft versus hard protection measures.

·        The project has produced a high-resolution regional climate model for the Maldives, through statistical and downscaling of global models, that provides projections for use in national and local planning. The report on this down scaling analyses and discusses the impacts of climate change that is expected in different parts of Maldives over different time horizons. This can be used in national and island level planning to build resilience of the Maldivian islands against the expected impacts of climate change.

·        Since Maldives did not have written guidelines on how to build climate change resilience into existing and future designs for coastal erosion control, land reclamation or harbor development, under the ICCR project, guidelines for climate resilient coastal protection in the Maldives were developed in 2013. The Guidance Manual that was developed identifies ways to ensure that coastal protection techniques (hard or soft) and associated backing infrastructure are made to be resilient against climate change threats in a cost-effective way. It covers the engineering aspects of adaptation, as well as those regulatory and social responses, including expectation management, required to ensure that engineering solutions can be effective.

·    National Research Strategy was prepared listing all necessary activities to increase Maldives' climate risk management capacities through appropriate research.

·        There are two reports prepared for Kulhudhuffushi and Thinadhoo islands entitled "Detailed Island Risk and Vulnerability Assessment".

·        This outcome was Moderately Unsatisfactory because it has resulted in significantly reduced site interventions, but has not produced a coherent replication strategy for future interventions in Maldives.


YEARS 2009-2015

TOTAL US$ 9,336,211
Global Environment Facility(GEF)/Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) US$ 4,485,000
Co-financing (total): US$ 4,851,211
      - Government (in-kind and parallel) US$  3,738,336
      - UNDP  (cash) US$  100,000
      - UNDP (Parallel) US$  777,875
United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) (Parallel) US$  235,000


YEAR 2010
Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) US$  
YEAR 2011
Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) US$  
YEAR 2012
Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) US$  
YEAR 2013
Combined US$  

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