A project to safeguard Fulidhoo Island, Vaavu Atoll, from the effects of climate change and rising sea levels has been completed.

The conclusion of the project, completed by the state-owned Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC), was officially celebrated at a special ceremony held in the island during President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih’s visit to the island on Monday. The project saw the installation of seawalls and groynes to protect the island’s vulnerable coastlines.

During his visit to Vaavu Atoll, President Solih also inaugurated a new powerhouse on Thinadhoo Island. The 1.3-megawatt powerhouse, which is located away from residential and tourist areas, is expected to provide “reliable and sustainable energy” to the island community.