UN Resident Coordinator visits Laamu atoll
The United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Shoko Noda visited Laamu Fonadhoo and Gan on 19 March 2015. During this one-day official visit she held a meeting with the Laamu Atoll Council to discuss the United Nations’ Low Emission Climate Resilient Development Programme (LECReD) that is being implemented in all twelve inhabited islands of the Atoll. The meeting was followed by a visit to the LECReD Programme Coordination Unit in Fonadhoo and a tour of Fonadhoo and Gan islandsto see first-hand the development challenges faced by the communities. During the tour she observed the current municipal solid waste management and sanitation management infrastructure, the upcoming housing units being built in Fonadhoo, the current solid waste management practices and the loss of landmass caused by coastal erosion.
The Resident Coordinator also observed the Training of Trainers on Vulnerability Capacity Assessments (VCA) which is being carried out under the the LECReD Programme by UNICEF in partnership with the Maldivian Red Crescent. The VCA tools and techniques learned by the participants through this training are to be used in informing future local development plans and incorporating further resilience in the face of climate change related and man-made challenges that arise in participants’ respective communities. Ms. Noda’s visit was held in connection to the Women’s Day event organized by the Ministry of Law and Gender.