The Republic of Maldives is a low lying, atoll based, archipelagic nation in the central Indian Ocean. It is the smallest Asian country in terms of land area and population. It is also amongst the most susceptible to climate change. The country has an average elevation of 1.5 meters above sea- level. The two most important sectors of the economy are tourism and fisheries which contribute nearly 80% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The Maldives Climate Change Trust Fund (CCTF) is a multi-donor program established by the World Bank with the European Commission (EC) and AusAID as donors. The three recipient executed projects under the CCTF are Clean Engergy for Climate Mitigation, Wetlands Conservation and Coral Reef Monitoring for Adaptation to Climate Change and finally the Ari Atoll Solid Waste Management.
Through a series of 11 short films, project progress and community attitudes and awareness of climate change were documented across 4 islands in the Maldives.