“The development of the National Action Plan on Air Pollutants has helped the Maldives achieve three things” explained Aminath Maiha Hameed, Ministry of Environment. “First, by developing a first air pollution emission inventory, we now know the air pollution emissions coming from different sources, and will be able to track this as the Plan is implemented. Second, we have shown that efforts to meet our international climate change commitments can provide substantial local benefits to Maldivians through improved air quality. Finally, we have a clear roadmap of the additional actions needed to further improve air quality.”
The Maldives’ National Air Pollution Action Plan was developed as part of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s Supporting National Action & Planning (SNAP) Initiative. The Maldives is one of 12 countries that is currently developing a National Action Plan on air pollutants and short-lived climate pollutants. The planning process in each country identifies the most effective actions that can be taken to simultaneously reduce air pollution and mitigation climate change.
“The excellent work in the Maldives in developing this plan has clearly demonstrated that country’s achieving, and exceeding, their climate change commitments is not just essential to meet the Paris Agreement temperature goals, but is a key vehicle for improving public health through air pollution reductions”, said Helena Molin Valdés, head of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition Secretariat. “As countries are in the process of revising their NDCs, we encourage them to follow the lead of the Maldives in assessing the air pollution benefits from their climate change plans, and to increase their climate change ambition through actions that achieve multiple benefits for climate change and human health”.