Aerial view of a fin-shaped island among bright blue and turquoise seas.

Maldives

At a Glance

The Asia Regional Mission serves Burma, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Thailand.

Maldives is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the impacts of climate change. An archipelago of 1,200 islands no higher than one meter above mean sea level, Maldives is highly susceptible to sea level rise and damage from extreme weather events. These threats are exacerbated by human activity that damages the country's coral reef systems, leading to reduced fish populations, beach erosion, and saltwater intrusion into freshwater tables. More than half of Maldives' greenhouse gas emissions come from the energy sector.

Funding & Country Climate Context


USAID Climate Change Funding (2023)

Total

$2 Million

Adaptation

$2 Million

GAIN Vulnerability

Medium

Population (2023)

389,568

GHG Emissions Growth

10.93%

% Forested Area

3.3

Small Island Developing State

Yes

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Climate Change Information

Maldives Photo Gallery

Cover image for report
Case Study

Reducing Single-Use Plastics Through Social and Behavior Change Research

Factsheet

Climate Change Adaptation in the Maldives