LECReD Visioning Workshop

Visioning workshop took place in Laamu on 26-27 November. Central and local government representatives, met together with community members, NGOs and the private sector in Gan to discuss the vision for future development of Laamu Atoll.

Three key strategic areas were discussed:
– an ecosystems-based approach for Laamu atoll, addressing the complex and fragile ecosystem whose conservation and resilience require an integrated planning approach and an integrated management of environmental problems with respect for the environment and biodiversity as the basis for any future development to occur;
– green and resilient infrastructure that may address the specific vulnerabilities of Laamu atoll, with specific concern for pollution control, including waste management, water, renewable energy, and mobility;
– the importance of establishing a governance framework for Laamu atoll, which will act as the catalyst for the application of the decisions of the partners by the numerous and very diverse stakeholders whose actions influence the environment in the Maldives and in Laamu atoll in particular.

The groups have also identified three clusters of islands that may bring a specific approach in regard to environmental management, infrastructure and governance:
– Northern Laamu, composed of three more compact islands (Isdhoo, Kalaidhoo, Dhanbidhoo);
– Central Laamu, in total composed of 6 islands (Fonadhoo, Gan, Maabaidhoo, Mundoo, Maamedhoo, Gaadhoo). This cluster includes the biggest stretch of land in the Maldives and other 4 nearby islands; and,
– Southern Laamu (Hithadhoo, Kunahandhoo, Mavaah)

The Low Emission Climate Resilient Development (LECReD) Programme is jointly implemented by the United Nations and the Government of the Maldives, and is funded by the Government of Denmark.

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