Ministry of Environment releases ‘Multihazard risk atlas of Maldives’

An island in Huvadhoo atoll of Maldives. | Photo: See From The Sky

Malé, Maldives — The Ministry of Environment has released ‘Multihazard risk atlas of Maldives’ on Tuesday.

The atlas was launched in a special ceremony held with the presence of Environment Minister Dr. Hussain Rasheed Hassan.

The multihazard risk atlas would assist in making “evidence based decisions” regarding development projects, the minister stated while speaking at the ceremony.

He also added that it would be beneficial in building confidence with partners providing funds for projects relating to climate change as their funds will be utilized for essential purposes.

The multihazard risk atlas was compiled inder the ‘Climate Risk Screening for Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Development Activities and Policies’ project, with the help of the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

The atlas consits of measures that would be taken to minimize damages to environment when deciding on development projects, along with the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.

According to the environment minister, the atlas was created on Geographic Information System (GIS) platform, and information regarding the atlas will be available through its website.