Maldives Case Study

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What is the population of the Maldives?
300,000
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How many inhabited islands are there in the Maldives?
199
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What is the average island height in the Maldives?
1.5m above sea level, but 80% is below 1m.
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What are the economic impacts of coastal flooding? (2)
>Loss of tourism - the Maldives relies massively on this >Disrupted fishing industry - flooding may damage fish processing plants, reducing fish exports.
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What are the social impacts of coastal flooding? (2)
>Houses damaged or destroyed >Less freshwater - supplies of freshwater are already low.
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What are the environmental impacts of coastal flooding? (2)
>Loss of beaches - destroys habitats and exposes land behind beaches >Loss of soil - shallow soil could be easily washed away, meaning most plants can't grow
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What are the political impacts of coastal flooding? (3)
>The Maldivian government had to ask the Japanese to give them $60 million to build the 3m high sea wall that protects the capital city >Changes to environmental policies (pledges to become carbon neutral) >Changing long-term plans - buying land
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