Summary of Green Climate Fund Project
The unique geographical attributes of Maldives make its water resource situation complex and diverse.With its outer islands already experiencing drinking water shortage during the dry season, Maldives is faced with freshwater security problems resulting from climate change induced variable rainfall patterns and sea-level rise induced salinity of groundwater. These shortages have had significant adverse human, environmental and social impacts on the outer island communities where 27% of population lives under the poverty line of US$2/per day. Without assistance, the government faces constraints in responding to the challenge at hand, especially in the context of anticipated impacts of climate change.
In response to this water security issue, Ministry of Environment, supported by UNDP and funded by Green Climate Fund, is leading a 5-year project to provide safe and uninterrupted drinking water to around 105,000 people across Maldives. This includes 19,871 direct beneficiaries from the 29 project islands, and 85,125 indirect beneficiaries across 7 atolls of Maldives, through a decentralised dry season water supply mechanism.