Malé, 2ndMay 2019: Dhiraagu in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced to implement two key projects under the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13: Climate Action.
The two key projects are “Drones for Resilience” and “Film for Change Climate Edition”
The Drones for Resilience will be centered on incorporating the use of drones as an effort to “Scale up the National Capacity for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Maldives”. Utilizing drone technology, detailed maps would be produced under this project for 4 islands based on disaster risk assessment, providing the means for more informed disaster preparedness and disaster risk management. These maps could also be utilized by local planners and national planners for land use planning, understanding high risk areas and safe zones within the islands.The project aims to support the Government of Maldives to enact and operationalize the Disaster Risk Management (DRM) legislation, strengthen early warning operating procedures, increase public awareness and knowledge on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and build community capacity for disaster preparedness. The project will also support the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) to function as a knowledge hub for integrated disaster information and coordination.
Film for Change Climate Edition is a project to empower young people to explore and form narratives on issues of climate change in Maldives through the medium of film. The “Film for Change” initiative was initially piloted in 2017, and based on its success is now moving into its third year with this renewed partnership. This programme will provide young people with the necessary technical and creative skills on producing documentary-style short films using mobile phones and tablets. While the main focus is on building advocacy and awareness of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Climate Action), the participants will also be educated on how to link other selected SDGs to issues arising from Climate Change. The films will be officially launched at a film festival later this year following which the films will be made available on social media and other public platforms.
Environmental Sustainability is a key focus area under Dhiraagu’s CSR programme and the company is proud of its involvement in both projects, which use digital technology and creativity to build capacities for resilience and development. The projects complement Dhiraagu’s vision to use digital solutions as a means for youth empowerment and social development.
The programme falls under UNDP’s Resilience and Climate Change Unit, which has a focus on sustainable management of the environment, increased climate resilience through climate change adaption and mitigation. UNDP has been in the Maldives for over 40 years and is committed to working with people at all levels of society to help build a nation that can withstand crisis, drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves quality of life for everyone. The organisation achieves this by offering global perspectives and local insights to empower lives and build resilient nations.
Dhiraagu and UNDP Maldives have had a successful history of collaborating together, with the launch of key initiatives such as the Startup Weekend Maldives (2017), Youth Leadership Programme (2018) and Film for Change 2017 & 2018, all with a key focus on youth empowerment.
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