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Bracing for climate change is a matter of survival for the Maldives

Male, February 11 (blogs.worldbank,org): The Maldives is no stranger to the risks from climate change. It is already witnessing an increase in intense rainfall and resultant flooding, cyclonic winds and storm surges. The irony is that while these states have not contributed much to greenhouse emissions, as they produce very little, they may face some of the worst consequences.

As one of the lowest-lying countries in the world, with all its people living a few meters above sea level and over two-thirds of its critical infrastructure lying within 100 meters of the shoreline, a sea level rise of just a few meters will put the nation further at risk, endangering its relative prosperity. Thankfully Maldives is beginning to turn the tide. YesterdayI visited Fuvahmulah, in one of the southernmost atolls where the Mayor and the Ministry of Environment, have been working closely with local communities to manage the wetlands, critical for reducing climate change impacts.

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