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The Maldives joined the Coalition in 2012 to complement its pursuit of a low emission climate resilient development agenda. This endeavour is of particular importance to the Maldives, as it is among the world’s most low-lying countries and is highly vulnerable to the flooding and extreme weather events caused by climate change. They have since demonstrated an ambitious effort to reducing short-lived climate pollutants.
In 2019, the Maldives’ National Action Plan on Air Pollutants was launched, aligning it with existing plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and outlining 28 mitigation measures across 3 priority source sectors: waste, electricity generation, and transport. If implemented fully, the plan demonstrates a 40% reduction in black carbon, a 27% reduction in nitrogen oxides, and a 59% reduction in direct fine particulate matter emissions by 2030 compared to baseline scenarios. This was the first time air pollutant reductions had been quantified for measures originally developed to reduce greenhouse gases in the country. The plan has additionally demonstrated that meeting international climate change commitments can provide substantial local benefits to Maldivians. The Maldives continues to be active in the SNAP and HFC initiatives of the CCAC Secretariat, and the greater Male’ region has been a member of the BreatheLife network since 2018.
The Maldives’ National Action Plan on Air Pollutants is an integrated appraoch to reducing both air pollution and cliamte forcers. The Maldives’ Ministry of Environment has developed, compiled and...