The Republic of Maldives’ contribution to global Greenhouse Gases (GHGs) emissions and, by extent, to the causes of climate change (CC) is negligible. Still, the country is one of the Small Island Developing States that is most vulnerable to climate change which is a cross-cutting development issue affecting every aspect of the Maldivian way of life and livelihoods. Recognising the significance of CC-related issues is hence key for the for the Maldives’ overall sustainable
The CC department at the Ministry of Energy and Environment is thus in charge of formulating policies and standards to address CC’s challenges in line with the legislative framework of the Republic of Maldives as well as international practices and conventions.
The department pursues its mandate by:
- Ensuring and integrating sustainable financing into climate change adaptation opportunities and low emission development measures;
- Strengthening and developing a low emission system and ensuring energy security;
- Bolstering adaptation actions and opportunities, building climate-resilientinfrastructures (including coastal protection) and communities to address current and
- Advocating for a national, regional, and international climate change role in leading international negotiations and awareness in cross-sectorial areas to support the most vulnerable and small island developing states;
- Fostering sustainable development while ensuring security, economic sustainability and sovereignty from the negative consequences of the changing climate;
- Strengthening international cooperation to boost both investment and know-how
The department consists of two sections of three units each. The adaptation and mitigation comprises of the monitoring and evaluation, greenhouses gas reporting, and clean development mechanism units. The policy and programs section consists of the sustainable development instruments, communication and programmes, and policy and planning unit.