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 project will also;

  • Integrate climate risk planning into key national policies that govern or impact land use planning, coastal protection and development; and,
  • Ensure locally prioritized, appropriate adaptation options that reduce exposure to climate change risks are demonstrated.

Our Work

 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 practised in the different islands in the Maldives. The survey analysed 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 harbour 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 will 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. Currently, the project is working on converting these guidelines in to regulations so that they can be more effectively enforced.
  • Currently, the project is working on updating disaster risk profiles of 5 islands to incorporate findings of the regional climate model for the Maldives. This will ensure that more accurate climate risks data is used for national and local planning.


YEARS 2010 - 2014 TOTAL US$ 9,336,211
Global Environment Facility(GEF)/Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) US$ 4,485,000
Government of Maldives (in-Kind and Parallel) US$ 3,738,336
UNDP TRAC (Cash) US$  100,000
UNDP TRAC (Parallel) US$  777,875
United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) (Parallel) US$  235,000


YEAR 2010
Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) US$  120,493.31
UNDP US$ 20,248.23
YEAR 2011
Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) US$  160,304.39
YEAR 2012
Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) US$  145,206.93
UNDP US$  1,000
YEAR 2013
Combined US$  278,000.00