Green Climate Fund - Managing Climate Induced Water Shortages


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.



Project start date:

April 2017

Estimated end date:

September 2022

Focus area:

  • risk reduction
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Maldives

    Implementing partner:

    Ministry of Environment

    Full project information  

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • Green Climate Fund
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2021 $3,376,334

    2020 $4,439,089

    2019 $8,058,636

    2018 $3,075,381

    2017 $313,183

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