Minister of Environment Dr. Hussain Rasheed Hassan has revealed Maldivians do not wish to be climate refugees as a result of the negative impact of climate change.
Speaking at the Asia-Pacific region awareness creation workshop to maximise the positive and minimise the negative impacts of implementation of Climate Change responses measures, Environment Minister Hussain Rasheed said Maldives will courageously face all the impacts of climate change. However, the environment minister added Maldivians does not wish to leave the country as climate refugees. He expressed this is an age of climate emergency and immediate actions must be taken, adding the world neglects the impacts of climate change.
The aim of the three-day workshop held by the environment ministry and United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is to raise awareness in the Asia-Pacific region, with a view to raising awareness of the participants, including on available capacity building programmes and activities and feed into the in-session discussions on elements to maximize the positive and minimise the negative impacts of response measures.