Climate security an important topic for low lying island nations: Minister Mariya

“Climate security” is a very important topic for a coastal island nation like the Maldives, said Defense Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi. The minister made the statement during the “Special Session on Climate Security and Green Defense” of the 19th Asia Security Summit – “IISS Shangri-La Dialogue” currently underway in Singapore.

In her speech, Minister Mariya highlighted the relationship between climate security and national security. She noted that the Maldives is 99.7% sea and has many islands less than three feet above sea level, adding that 70% of the country’s infrastructure and more than 50% of urban areas were within 100 meters of the sea. Therefore, climate security is a critical issue for such a country, she said.

The Minister noted that despite the challenges and concerns faced in ensuring the country’s security and democracy, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih attaches great importance to raising awareness among the international community of the adverse effects of climate change on small countries. islands like the Maldives. She added that the Maldives Defense White Paper, which is currently being drafted, includes a provision guiding all agencies belonging to the military and defense sectors to incorporate more “green” principles and procedures. eco-friendly. She said discussions were ongoing between the authorities and the MNDF on the management of marine protected areas and ecological reserves on lands and areas earmarked for military purposes.

Jessica C. Bell