Tourism Ministry conducts training for Tourism Adaptation Project, Mangroves for the Future programme

IMG_1468-590x442The Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the UNDP conducted a project cycle management (PCM) training workshop this week for grantees of the Tourism Adaptation Project (TAP) and potential grantees of the Mangroves for the Future (MFF).

 According to the ministry, the workshop took place from January 25 to 26 with 15 participants.Experts from the MFF regional office conducted the technical sessions. “The PCM included sessions on project document development, compilation of logical frameworks and other documentation related to project implementation and monitoring,” the ministry explained in a press statement.

 “Sessions on reporting, budgeting and communication and knowledge management were also undertaken. The cross cutting themes such as gender mainstreaming, climate change, ecosystem based development, and tourism associated livelihoods were also covered.” The National Planning Council of the government in September 2011 endorsed the MFF programme.

 The programme is currently assisting the Maldives with the development of a national Integrated Coastal Management approach and supporting efforts to raise awareness of climate change and environment protection, and improve waste management practices. The Tourism Adaptation Project (TAP) was meanwhile launched in 2011 in collaboration with UNDP Maldives and Global Environment Facility.

TAP is intended to “empower the local community and provide them the required policy environment, regulatory guidance, technical skills, and knowledge to ensure that climate change-related risks can be factored into day-to-day tourism operations,” read the tourism minister’s message on World Tourism Day 2014.

“TAP will include 10 new investment projects to climate proof infrastructure projects in the tourism industry, 10 communities based adaptation projects in tourism associated communities and also various other initiatives that would contribute to further develop the capacity of the government and tourism industry.”