(7) Sharing expertise, lessons learned and best practices

There seem to be at least four elements that make planned migrations comparatively successful in the Maldives: (1) many islanders want to move; (2) there is significant consultation and communication between the government and the affected islanders, including “host” and “guest” communities; (3) relocation processes involve anticipatory planning and relatively long lead times[1]; and (4) there are generous government benefits and compensations for migrating islanders.[2]

Given the Maldives’ significant know-how in coastal management and its financial resource base from tourism and fisheries, it is the view of this researcher that the Indian Ocean archipelago may consider playing a more proactive leadership role in assisting other less resourced Small Island Developing States (SIDS), especially in the Pacific, adapt to climate change impacts this century—of which sea level rise may be among the more benign.

  • [1] For example, it took the government six years to implement the migrations of the islandercommunities Faridhoo, Maavaidhoo and Kunburudhoo to Nolhivaranfaru.
  • [2] For example, each migrating family typically receives a free government funded house in theplace of destination.
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