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EU approves €4 million in climate change aid to Maldives
(2013-12-5)The European Union on Tuesday approved a grant aid of EUR 4 million to help Maldives tackle issues related to climate change.

The EU delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives said on Thursday that the funds would replicate ongoing projects, but with a focus on Addu and Fuvahmulah. It would also help build capacity of the local government and communities, the delegation said. 

"The implementation of this project signifies both the EU's and Maldives’ commitment towards improving climate resilience of vulnerable communities and improving institutional and management so as to support the integration of climate resilience into national plans and sectoral policies," head of the delegation David Daly was quoted in the statement.

The EU has identified three main projects to help with the new grant. The projects are being implemented by the World Bank in partnership with the Maldives government.

The first project is an innovative mechanism to provide 300 MWh annually of renewable energy through grid-connected solar photovoltaic systems. This initiative is expect to benefit 7,000 inhabitants on Thinadhoo Island in the Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll.

The second project is being implemented in Fuvahmulah, Hithadhoo of Addu Atoll and Alif Alif Ukulhas. It is expected to enable the government in implementing a clear strategy for wetland and drainage management, ecotourism and rainwater harvesting. The project also aims at partnering with tourist resorts for coral reef monitoring.

The third project has been implemented in selected inhabited islands of the Ari Atoll. It helps communities manage solid waste generated in order to reduce the environmental risks to marine habitats and greenhouse gas emissions.

EU has previously helped the Maldives in tackling issues related to climate change as well. The first contribution of EUR 6.5 million was made to the Maldives in 2009.
Author:Ali Naafiz
Source:Haveeru
Date:Dec 06,2013