Building Climate Resilient Safer Islands in the Maldives (BCRSI)

06 Feb 2024

The Government of the Republic of Maldives through Ministry of Climate Change, Environment and Energy (MCCEE) is implementing ‘Building Climate Resilient Safer Islands in the Maldives’ project financed by Green Climate Fund (GCF) and supervised and co-financed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

Project Goals

Project interventions aim to shift the paradigm away from current common understanding and action on coastal protection in the Maldives by modification of natural beaches artificially using hard structure measures without sufficient climate data and consideration for impact due to artificial modification towards a new paradigm to maintain the natural resilience of sandy beach and coral reef that the islands of the Maldives originally owned and has a potential to adapt to uncertain climate impact by realization of Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and to implement the coastal conservation measures at some of densely populated area together with delivery of disaster early warning information, by transferring knowledge and expertise on the proper implementation of soft (nature based) measures for coastal zone and beach protection and long-term sustainable management, to alleviate the loss of  land and to maintain safe and secure livelihood. This approach should ensure the maximum mitigation of maladaptation cases experienced by the country.

Project Objectives

The main objective of this project is to strengthen the long-term and sustainable resilience of Maldives Islands against climate change for enhancing economic development of the islands while maintaining the sustainable link between the residents and the beaches and implementing appropriate management of coral reefs, and beach and coastal vegetation with physical measures at the coastal areas through combination of soft and hard components.

Project Components

The project will establish and realize the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and implement and maintain the coastal conservation measures with delivery of disaster warning information. This will be achieved through the following four inter-related Project Components:


  • Component 1: Establishment of the Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)
  • Component 2: Implementation of Coastal Conservation/Protection Measures against Coastal Disasters
  • Component 3: Development of Disaster Warning and Information Dissemination System
  • Component 4: Development of Basic Data Collection and Sharing System Related to Climate Change

Project Timeline

07 Feb 2024

JICA HQ Director’s Field Visit: Project Site Tour in Laamu Atoll

The purpose of the trip was to facilitate the JICA HQ Director's first-hand understanding of the ongoing endeavours within the "Building Climate Resilient Safer Islands in the Maldives" project. The field trip aimed to showcase the current beach erosion conditions in the project target islands and discuss the proposed basic design for coastal protection. With JICA serving as the Accredited Entity and co-finance partner, the visit provided an opportunity to elucidate the current beach erosion challenges faced by these islands and present the proposed solutions outlined in the project's basic design.

07 Feb 2024

4th Joint Coordination Committee Meeting (JCC)

The Joint Coordination Committee meeting held on 7th February 2024 at 4th Floor Meeting Room of MCCEE and On-line (Hybrid). Participants reviewed the progress of the project, focusing on Component 1 and Component 4. They discussed current achievements and challenges, highlighting milestones reached and areas needing improvement.
The meeting emphasized the importance of collaboration and coordination among stakeholders to ensure project success. Future action plans were outlined to address issues and enhance project performance, with a commitment to achieving project goals within the designated timeline.

06 Feb 2024

1st Project Steering Committee Meeting

The 1st Project Steering Committee of the project “Building Climate Resilient Safer Islands in the Maldives”, was held on 6th February 2024 at the Meerumaa Event Hall in Male' City.
The project steering committee meeting was a crucial gathering of key stakeholders to oversee and guide the project's progress.

06 Feb 2024

Project Inception Workshop

The Project Inception Workshop took place on February 6th, 2024, at the Meerumaa Event Hall in Male' City.
The objective of the Project Inception Workshop for "Building Climate Resilient Safer Islands in the Maldives" was multifaceted, aiming to engage all stakeholders and foster a shared understanding of the project's goals, activities, and timelines.

Project Team