Case Study Brief: Climate-Induced Loss and Damage and Cultural Loss in Maldives

November 27, 2023

Resource Type

Case Study



Geographical Focus


Created On :
November 27, 2023

The impacts of climate change, in particular slow-onset events such as sea level rise and ocean acidification, cause mounting economic and non-economic losses and damages to Maldives, even at the current level of warming. Sea level rise connected to climate change has caused land loss due to coastal erosion and inundation in islands across Maldives, making it one of the most severe climate impacts the country continues to face. All inhabited islands in Maldives are reporting coastal erosion. Homes and critical infrastructure are near the coastline due to the small size of the islands, exposing them to erosion and other coastal hazards.

Though L&D is a reality in Maldives, available documentation and literature are limited. This case study aims to contribute to filling this gap with a focus on non-economic L&D, particularly cultural loss. Maldives’ cultural heritage is unique and limited to its territory which is at risk due to climate change. This case study aims to explore two sites of great cultural significance, highlighting their value for Maldivians and their connection to Maldives’ culture and heritage.

This publication has been developed as part of SLYCAN Trust's work programme on loss and damage in partnership with the Climate Change Department of the Ministry of Climate Change, Environment and Energy of the Republic of Maldives.

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