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Local Development Planning Workshop

Local development planning as a key to promoting resilience in the Maldives.

The Low Emission Climate Resilient Development (LECReD) Programme, in partnership with the central and local government, different community representatives and the private sector, is working to support the integration of specific measures to promote resilience in Laamu atoll. One of the key activities in this process is the support to the drafting of Atoll and Island Development Plans.

The Maldives Local Government Authority (LGA), together with LECReD Programme, organized a Local Development Planning workshop in Laamu atoll last week. During the workshop, participants coming from different islands tested the new proposed methodology to develop their island plans.

This will be the first cycle of revision of already existing local development plans, and the process will include specific measures to deal with the impacts of climate change.

It is expected that the plans will integrate different sectors that are particularly relevant to the Maldives : fisheries and agriculture, tourism, mobility (shipping, in particular), water, renewable energy, and pollution control, including waste management. Specific regard for particular cross-cutting themes such as gender mainstreaming, ecosystems-based approach, and capacity building, will be considered throughout the process. At the same time, LGA will support the local councils in adjusting to the different local contexts, with each island and each atoll pursuing its own unique pathway towards a green economy, promoting resource efficiency and specific regard for addressing the impacts of climate change.

LECReD is a UN joint Programme, combining the efforts of 7 different agencies operating in the Maldives and is supported by the government of Denmark.

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