Threatened by rising sea levels, the Maldives is building a floating city
- The waterfront residences will float on a flexible grid across a 200-hectare lagoon.
- Such innovative developments could prove vital in helping atoll nations, such as the Maldives, fight the impact of climate change.
- Dutch company is also testing the technology in the Netherlands.
This floating city could help reduce climate change.
Image: Maldives Floating City (gallery)
The atoll nation of Maldives is creating an innovative floating city that mitigates the effects of climate change and stays on top of rising sea levels.
The Maldives Floating City is designed by Netherlands-based Dutch Docklands and will feature thousands of waterfront residences and services floating along a flexible, functional grid across a 200-hectare lagoon.
Such a development is particularly vital for countries such as Maldives – an archipelago of 25 low-lying coral atolls in the Indian Ocean that is also the lowest-lying nation in the world.
More than 80% of the country’s land area lies at less than one metre above sea level – meaning rising sea levels and coastal erosion pose a threat to its very existence.