The Government of the Republic of Maldives through the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology is implementing Enhancing National Development through Environmentally Resilient Islands (ENDhERI) project financed by Global Environment Facility (GEF) and assisted by United Nations Environment Program (UN Environment).
This project aims to assist the government of the Maldives in its implementation of new environmental policies and transition towards national adoption of Green Growth atoll development that will sustain marine Natural Capital (NC) and strengthen the resilience and recovery of reef ecosystems. This will be informed by learning from atoll-wide integrated coastal zone management within a Managed Marine Area / Biosphere Reserve framework, and the application of innovative sustainability practices and standards in agriculture, fisheries, tourism and construction sectors as the basis for transforming the human ecological footprint in Laamu Atoll and taking this up to national level through sector transformation, spatial planning and improved governance based on NC accounting.
The intermediate objective of this transformation is to minimize the flows of pollutants from land-based activities into the adjacent marine environment and reduce marine-based drivers of reef degradation including baitfish and reef fisheries. Overall, the project seeks to enhance reef ecosystem integrity and resilience through sustainable management, reducing development impacts and integrating NC accounting into national planning.
- Component 1: Green growth development for Laamu Atoll in the fisheries and agriculture, tourism and construction sectors
- Component 2: Building social capital for a green economy
- Component 3: Mainstreaming natural capital accounting into fisheries and agriculture, tourism and construction sectors
- Component 4: Knowledge management and M&E
Main partners involved
- Housing Development Corporation
- Blue Marine Foundation
- Six Senses Laamu
- Ministry of Fisheries, Marine Resources and Agriculture
- Maldives Bureau of Statistics