Marine and Polar

Coral Reef Projects


The Maldives, a low-lying atoll nation in the Indian Ocean, is a country at high risk from the impacts of climate change; including increasing sea surface temperatures, coral bleaching, ocean acidification, sea-level rise and changing rainfall patterns. The Maldives is highly dependent on its dazzling and world-renowned coral reefs for its tourism and fishing industries. Coral reefs play a fundamental role in food provision, shoreline protection and tourism revenue. However, coral reefs are also highly susceptible to climate change and the Maldives has already been impacted by mass coral bleaching in 1998, 2010 and 2016 that killed a majority of shallow corals. Fortunately, Maldivian coral reefs have also shown great capacity for resilience in the past with coral recovery being among the best recorded in the Indian Ocean.

Recognising that sound coastal resource management is critical to sustainable development and climate adaptation, the Government of Maldives is developing and implementing policies to protect coral reefs and support marine management. Project REGENERATE is generously funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and works towards building capacity for marine management and climate change adaptation of ecosystems, local communities and government in the Maldives.Maldives Regenerate Project activities

Objectives of the project: The project works to help local communities and government to measure and understand the impacts of climate change, and to develop management strategies that build resilience, mitigate impacts and promote adaptation. The project aims to first build the evidence base for understanding the impacts of climate change through social and ecological scientific assessments; secondly build capacity and awareness of local communities and government through trainings and public awareness campaigns; thirdly assist the government in developing management plans for coral reef ecosystems and reef-dependent people; and fourthly develop strategies for sustainability of management plans.

The main objectives of the project are to:

Improve access to science and technology for decision-making and establishing policy frameworks for increasing coastal resilience Increase stakeholder capacity to measure, monitor, and adapt to climate stresses through education, training, and outreach Strengthen governance in support of decentralized management of more resilient reef ecosystems Recommend sustainable financing mechanisms to support climate-resilient marine management

Gabriel Grimsditch
Acting Chief Technical Officer
Project Regenerate Maldives
IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Merryrose Building 2nd Floor, Filigas Magu, 20006, Malé, Maldives Tel. +960 753 46 40


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