The Maldives is a country at high risk from climate change, and is also highly dependent on its dazzling and world-renowned coral reefs. In fact, all the land in the Maldives is the product of coral growth over the millennia and the Maldives can truly be called a coral reef nation. Coral reefs play a fundamental role in food provision, shoreline protection and tourism revenue. The country has been impacted by climate change in the past with severe and mass coral bleaching in 1998 and 2010 that killed a majority of shallow corals. However, it has also shown great resilience with coral recovery being among the best recorded in the Indian Ocean. Recognizing that sound coastal resource management is critical to sustainable development and climate adaptation, the Government of Maldives has begun developing policies to protect reef fisheries and support marine management. Project REGENERATE works towards building the capacity for marine management in the Maldives, including the development of a network of marine managed areas, and builds on the experience of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Maldives working on critical environmental issues such as climate change and biodiversity since 1985.