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The Maldives

In the early years of the 21st Century

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*** Extreme Weather ***

Extreme weather events have had significant impacts on the Maldives. During a recent weekend, heavy rainfall caused flooding on 36 islands across the Maldives. The deluge led to damage to households and property.

Coastal erosion is happening more quickly due to extreme weather. Seasonal weather patterns, including monsoons and tropical storms, have become severely disrupted. These events exaggerate natural coastal erosion and accelerate its impact. The Maldives faces three existential dangers: extreme weather, rising sea levels, and coastal erosion. At the current rate of global warming, almost 80% of the Maldives could become uninhabitable by 2050 due to sea level rise.adapted from Microsoft BING Copilot

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The World Factbook – The Maldives

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 3 January 2020]

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[accessed 6 January 2021]

Diversifying the economy beyond tourism and fishing, reforming public finance, increasing employment opportunities, and combating corruption, cronyism, and a growing drug problem are near-term challenges facing the government. Over the longer term, Maldivian authorities worry about the impact of erosion and possible global warming on their low-lying country; 80% of the area is 1 meter or less above sea level.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $19,200 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 7.7%

industry: 22.8%

services: 69.5% (2017 est.)

Unemployment rate: 2.9% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 15% (2009 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 53 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 19.8 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 76.4 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 100% of population

Physicians density: 3.72 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 100% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 100% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Maldives

[accessed 18 February 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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The World Bank in Maldives

[accessed 21 April 2021]

A partner of the World Bank since 1978, Maldives has been a development success story of sustained growth and impressive improvements in health and education. The country faces a number of environmental, climate, and inclusion challenges that we're working together to help address.

Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 3 January 2020]

Fishing, tourism, and shipping are the mainstays of the economy, employing over half of the work force. The tourism industry has become particularly important, accounting for about 20% of GDP, 31% of government revenues, and more than 60% of the country's foreign exchange earnings in 2002.

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