US signs MoU for $4.5 million Climate Change Adaption Program

The Maldives has signed a memorandum of understanding with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to launch a ‘Global Climate Change Adaptation Program’ in the Maldives.

The program includes a US$4.5 million assistance grant over the project’s three year lifespan ends to provide up to $4.5 million of grant assistance under the 3-year program, intended to increase the Maldives’ adaptive capacity to cope with the impacts of global climate change.

USAID Mission Director Rebecca Cohn said in a statement that “under this new program, USAID will collaborate with the Maldivian government to develop adaptation strategies and interventions that will enhance the country’s climate resilience. It is our hope that the Maldives can serve as a global model for climate change adaptation.”

Mohamed Aslam, Maldives Minister of Housing, Transport, and Environment, said the Maldives stood at the frontline of the battle against climate change.

“USAID’s new Global Climate Change Adaptation Program in the Maldives will assist us in our struggle to survive as a nation on these islands,” he said.