The United Nations in Maldives launched its ground-breaking project, the Low Emission Climate Resilient Development (LECReD) Programme in Fonadhoo, Laamu atoll on Sunday, 18 May 2014. The US$9.2 million UN Joint Programme will be implemented as a collaborative effort by UNDP, UNICEF, UNOPS, UNFPA, UN WOMEN, WHO and FAO. It is the first joint implementation programme undertaken by the UN in Maldives, and signals the adoption of a new holistic approach to address localized impacts of climate change in the Maldives.

The 3-year-long pioneering initiative seeks to contribute to the United Nations Development Assistance Framework by enhancing capacities at national and local levels to support low carbon lifestyles, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in Maldives.

Speaking at the official Programme launching ceremony, Minister of Environment and Energy Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim said that the LECReD Programme will play a pivotal role in shaping the future development of Laamu atoll, paving way for more climate-resilient projects in the social and economic sectors of the atoll.

“At the end of the Programme, it is my wish and the wish of the UN in Maldives, to see Laamu Atoll as a benchmark for future atoll and island-level planning that is more strategic, climate-smart and evidence-based, and which will help mobilize public and private investment,” Ms. Azusa Kubota, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. said during her remarks at the ceremony.

The President of Laamu Atoll Council Mr. Yusuf Amir, in his statement, noted that it is the only atoll in Maldives to have such a programme and urged the Laamu Atoll community to make positive use of this opportunity for the development of their atoll. He also affirmed the support of the Laamu Atoll Council to all participating UN agencies in implementing the programme successfully. Following the official launching ceremony, information desks were set-up for each participating UN organizations, allowing local stakeholders and community members to reach out to focal points of UN organizations and ask questions relating to the Programme.

The LECReD Programme is largely driven by the aim of addressing the challenges of climate change in Maldives through the integration of low emission climate resilient development into local planning and governance frameworks.

In effect, LECReD programme will assist Laamu Atoll and its islands to realize low emission and climate resilient development by introducing LECReD issues into local level development planning and service delivery for greater community-level ownership and sustainability of programme benefits.

 

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