- Asia / Pacific
Sector of activity
Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Financial Instruments & Investments, Policy Frameworks & Tools
Type of lead actor
United Nations / intergovernmental organizations
Stimulating joint actions by tourism operators and associated island communities in climate resilient water, waste, energy and infrastructure management
The Tourism Adaptation Project, financed through the Global Environment Facility – Least Developed Countries’ Fund (GEF-LDCF), has given small grants to repair eroded beaches, replant mangroves, raise awareness of their protective properties, improve waste management, and establish breeding platforms for a variety local bird populations. All these activities have been jointly implemented by resorts and local communities sharing the same atoll lagoons, helping them understand how adaptation to climate change positively impacts their businesses and livelihoods. In line with this project, the Maldives Tourism Adaptation Platform (MTAP) was set up by the Maldives Ministry of Tourism to manage the grant schemes along with the membership of non-government partners, including the association of tourism industries, island councils and civil society organizations. The platform has not only allocated grants but also spearheaded stronger policy coordination.
Impact and Results
As a result of pilot activities, the project is developing a comprehensive policy guide to recommend practical solutions as a response to the challenges caused by climate change.