Parliament passed a resolution on Wednesday declaring Maldives a climate emergency.
The resolution, tabled by Hoarafushi MP Ahmed Saleem, seeks to draw global attention to the need to mitigate climate change before time runs out for the world.
During its review, the Committee on the Environment and Climate Change made several amendments to the resolution, one of which was to recognize the effects of climate change felt as emergencies in Maldives. The change was made amid public concern about extreme erosion felt in a number of islands due to climate change as well as the obstruction of sand production and movement due to arbor and other infrastructure projects.
The revised resolution was adopted on Wednesday afternoon, with the vote of 68 parliamentarians.
Climate emergencies so far have been proclaimed by hundreds of local governments and 25 individual countries, the first of which was announced in 2016.