Supporting vulnerable communities in Maldives to manage climate change-induced water shortages

Supporting vulnerable communities in Maldives to manage climate change-induced water shortages

  • Status Under implementation
  • Date approved 05 Nov 2015 at B.11
  • Est. completion 23 Jun 2023
  • ESS Category Category B

Providing safe and secure freshwater to 105,000 people on the outer islands of the Maldives, in response to climate change-induced water shortages. Introducing integrated water supply systems, decentralized dry season water supplies, and improvements to groundwater quality.

The Maldives consists of 1,190 small, low-lying coral islands spread over 90,000 square kilometres. There are high levels of poverty on the outer islands, which experience drinking water shortages during the dry season causing significant human, environmental, and social impacts. Groundwater becomes increasingly saline as a result of climate change-induced sea level rise (3.1 mm/year) and variable rainfall patterns. Responses are constrained by remoteness and limitations on land space.

The project will scale up an integrated water supply system based on rainwater, groundwater, and desalinated water into a low-cost delivery system for vulnerable households. This will provide uninterrupted supply to 49 islands that currently rely on emergency water deliveries for three months of each year. Decentralized and cost-effective dry season water supply systems will also be introduced. Water desalination production plants will be built on four larger islands that will contribute to this improved dry season water distribution network to outer atolls and local supply systems. Increased capacity of local and central government authorities will strengthen the management and efficiency of these systems. Groundwater quality will be improved for long-term resilience. Groundwater recharge systems and improved water resource management capacity will contribute to improved groundwater quality.

The project has an estimated lifespan of 5 years.

Total project value






Result areas

Project timeline


26 May 2015 - 164 days

Concept note received

26 May 2015

Funding proposal received

31 Jul 2015


05 Nov 2015 - 505 days

Approved by GCF Board

05 Nov 2015

Cleared by iTAP

05 Nov 2015

Legal opinion on AE's Internal Approval

25 Feb 2016

FAA executed

03 Mar 2017

Under implementation

23 Mar 2017 - 2,625 days so far

FAA effective

23 Mar 2017

Disbursement - USD 3,034,330

30 Jun 2017

Annual Performance Report

23 Mar 2018

Disbursement - USD 12,112,446

29 Nov 2018

Annual Performance Report

01 Mar 2019

Disbursement - USD 6,038,072

08 Jan 2020

Disbursement - USD 2,022,296

10 Mar 2021

Disbursement - USD 429,220

24 Sep 2021

To be completed

23 Jun 2023 - -341 days to go

One region

  • Asia-Pacific

One country

One priority group

  • Small Island Developing States
  • Financing
    • Private sector
    • Public sector
  • Size
    • Micro
    • Small
    • Medium
    • Large

GCF financing100% disbursed

GrantUSD 23,640,000
Total GCF Financing
USD 23,640,000


Co-FinancingGrantUSD 4,493,000
Co-FinancingGrantUSD 100,000
Total Co-Financing
USD 4,593,000

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Accredited Entity

United Nations Development Programme
Mrs. Nancy Bennet

Executive Coordinator, ad interim (A.I)
304 East 45th Street, FF-9th Floor, New York, United States
Phone +12129065044
Mr. Robin Merlier

Principal Advisor Environmental Law and Policy
304 East 45th Street, FF-9th Floor, New York, United States
Phone +1 2129065842
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National Designated Authority

Ministry of Climate Change, Environment and Energy
Mr. Ahmed Waheed Primary
Director, Climate Change Department
Mr. Thibyan Ibrahim Operational focal point
Assistant Director, Climate Change Department


News + Stories

From scarcity to sustainability: Maldives’ ambitious water security project

22 Mar 2024 / The Maldives, known as a luxury holiday destination with crystal blue water, is an idyllic island state in the Asia Pacific region. However, the Small Island Developing State (SIDS) is one of the most vulnerable nations to climate change and faces many unique challenges. Rising sea levels and increasingly erratic rainfall patterns are threatening the country's freshwater resources, putting the health and well-being of its people at risk.