Parliament has passed the Climate Emergency bill, intending to make Maldives a carbon-neutral nation by 2030.
The Climate Change Bill was first introduced to parliament by the government. However, after considering Maldives’ current situation, the Parliament’s Environment and Climate Change Committee amended the bill.
The bill contained more goal-oriented concrete ways to achieve net-zero carbon emissions, as existing policies lacked such legal frameworks.
The Climate Emergency bill, which was passed with 70 votes, requires the President’s Office to name a Special Envoy for Climate Change who will represent Maldives in climate diplomacy, prepare and budget for climate change programs, and strengthen environmental relations between other countries and Maldives.
The bill also mandates that all funds obtained for climate change management be used as efficiently as possible. It was suggested that such funds be handled by a specific committee to ensure more open and efficient fund management.