Maldives, an archipelago of 1,200 coral islands grouped in 26 atolls, is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to global climate change with its highest point only 8 feet above sea level. After 30 years of authoritarian rule, Maldives held its first democratic election and enacted its first constitution in 2008, though its democratic transition remains fragile. Located along major shipping routes in the Indian Ocean, a peaceful and resilient Maldives is critical to maritime security and regional stability.
USAID programs in Maldives address vulnerabilities that climate-related impacts such as rising sea levels and drought have on Maldivians and their livelihoods, and additionally seek to consolidate the country’s democratic transition.
Last updated: October 02, 2014