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The Maldives is using new technology to build a climate change-resistant floating city.

Summary

The Maldives is taking action to mitigate the effects of climate change by building a floating city. The key points are:
  • Designed by a Dutch firm that is also building floating social housing in the Netherlands.
  • Developed in cooperation with the Maldives Government.
  • Floats along a flexible, functional grid across a 200-hectare lagoon.
  • Potential for use by other atolls—Kiribati
  • More than 80% of the country lies at less than one metre above sea level, so innovative solutions are needed.
  • The floating city is a 10-minute boat ride from the capital and international airport.
  • Coral is the model for the hexagon-shaped floating segments.
  • Barrier islands reduce wave intensity.
  • No land reclamation required.
  • New coral reefs are being seeded for further protection.
  • Buildings will be low rise, sea-facing.
  • Utilising renewable energy.
  • Bridges, canals and docks will provide access.
  • A hospital and school are planned.