With 80% Of Maldives Located Hardly 1 Metre Above Sea, Will Fortifying The Islands Protect It?

Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu talked about elevating the islands to save the country from the threats of climate crisis.

by Shreya Ghosh
With 80% Of Maldives Located Hardly 1 Metre Above Sea, Will Fortifying The Islands Protect It?

The fear and consequences of global warming and climate change are real and also quite evident in many past incidents. Recently, one of the biggest and scariest threats of the climate crisis is the fearful rise in sea levels. The Maldives plans to build elevated islands to tackle the terrible issues. But is it really a favourable idea considering the present situation?

What Are The Plans To Save The Maldives From The Rising Sea Level?

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Battling the terrible issue of rising seas is a major concern for this low-lying country right now and the concerned authorities are all set to take significant actions for its citizens. Mohamed Muizzu, the President of the Maldives, talked about the process for fortifying the islands instead of any change in residence for the people living in the risky areas. He also shared the plans for land reclamation along with higher and fortress islands, according to a report by The Times of India- IndiaTimes.

These might look like proper plans to save the Maldives in such an alarming situation but not all people are agreeing to the the plans and proposals. These new policies may have a risky chance of aggravating flooding in different places. Some environmental and rights groups pointed out the negative implications and how the situation could turn south and instead worsen the matter.

The fear of the rise in seawater levels and depletion of drinking water resources is not something new. It has been in the discussion for quite some time now. Mohamed Nasheed, the former President of the Maldives, gave a warning about the chances of a day in the future when residents might become the first environmental refugees of the world. He alerted how these citizens may need to relocate and shift to a new country altogether.

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What Are The Next Plans?

Maldives is on the bucket list of many Indian travellers and globetrotters. The luxe water villas, serene surroundings, and unending views of nature’s alluring beauty attract a huge number of tourists from all over the world every year. The tourism industry is a major boost for the country’s economy and the future of this sector looks unsure at the moment. Now the picturesque country is witnessing the risks and threats of global warming. The ongoing crisis has led to such a stage that several important actions need to be taken at the earliest to save nature, citizens, and every other life form.

Around 80 per cent of the Maldives is now located hardly about one metre above sea level. Amid the climate crisis, Mohamed Muizzu is asking a funding of $500 million in foreign funding. He is willing to take this amount to save his country, protect nature, and keep the citizens in the Maldives only instead of relocating to someplace else. The president looks quite sure about the plan of elevating the islands.

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Have you taken a trip to the Maldives? If not, is this destination on your travel bucket list?

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