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  • Climate Change Is Starting to Create Waves Among Maldives’ Citizens

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  • young girls in Maldives' stand up for marine life at a USAID supported youth workshop on environment and water management

  • Local residents gain knowledge and hands-on experience on preparing a compost pile

  • Students show creations made out of recyclables in Mathiveri, North Ari Atoll, Maldives

  • Dignitaries and USAID representatives pose for a photograph after the groundbreaking for a desalination plant in Hinnavaru

  • USAID supports reef surveys and mapping

About Maldives

Maldives is an archipelago of 1,200 coral islands grouped in 26 atolls in the Indian Ocean. With its highest point only 8 feet above sea level, it is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to global climate change. Located along major international shipping routes, a peaceful and resilient Maldives is critical to maritime security and regional stability.

Coordinated closely with other U.S. activities in-country, USAID programs address vulnerabilities that climate-related impacts such as rising sea levels, increasing shortages of potable water and droughts have on Maldivians and their livelihoods. USAID programs also seek to promote democratic discourse and practices. 

Last updated: March 18, 2016

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Mission Contact

Reed Aeschliman, Acting Mission Director
United States Agency for International Development
No. 44, Galle Road,
Colombo 3
Sri Lanka
+ 94 112498000

USAID Contact

Chris Miller, Country Desk Officer Sri Lanka/Maldives
U.S. Agency for International Development
USAID Asia Bureau/SCAA 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
, DC 20004