The Technical Assistance Partnership (TAP) initiative works collaboratively with the Government of Maldives’ Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Technology (MECCT) and the Maldives National University (MNU) to strengthen the competencies of MNU to research climate change and environmental sustainability for Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
The initiative’s objective is to enhance and develop the capacity of the MNU to provide the MECCT and other government bodies with excellent and reliable climate action and change data, thoroughly analyzed and interpreted to support evidence-based decision-making on policy formulation, program development, monitoring, climate change negotiations, and so on. Improving the research process from start to finish is not limited to research. It includes (i) design, (ii) planning, costing, and funding, including fundraising, (iii) process management; (iv) data management, (v) data analysis and interpretation, (vi) and report writing. The intent is to improve the Government of Maldives’ capabilities to predict and respond to the impacts of climate change. As such, this data is critical to mitigating the destructive impact of climate change. Access to better data will also level the playing field for the Maldives (and possibly other SIDS) to better negotiate loss and damages support.