United Nations
Ocean-based economies to fight climate change: Ocean Energy Resources Assessment for Maldives (OpERATE)
by Italy (Government)
The main objective of the Project is to perform a detailed assessment of the energy potential residing in the marine currents in the Maldivian archipelago, and to individuate technological solutions to exploit it. Besides supporting the Maldivian Government in the planning of strategies for the extraction of energy from the sea, the numerical and experimental results concerning the marine circulation in the archipelago obtained during the project could be precious assets for the activities of the Marine Research Centre (MRC), Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS ) and also to the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) of the Maldives.
Progress reports
By 2030, increase the economic benefits to Small Island developing States and least developed countries from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism
Type of commitment
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
Development (for the first time) of high-resolution three-dimensional models of the marine circulation in the Maldivian Archipelago and in some of the atolls to be selected.
Use of the numerical models to characterize in detail the variability of the circulation in the area, and to individuate the sites that are most interesting for energy extraction.
Deployment of instruments for measuring the currents in the selected sites. The use of these instruments will also provide validation of the numerical simulations.
Evaluation of the energy potential of the most interesting sites, and of the best devices to be used for energy extraction.
Financing (in USD)
967,000 USD
Basic information
Time-frame: July/2017 - July/2020
ENEA (Italian National Agency for the New technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development )
Ocean Basins
  • Indian Ocean
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Marine Research Centre (MRC), Maldives Meteorological Service (MMS ), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of the Maldives.
Contact information
Francesco La Camera, Director General of the Department for Sustainable Development, Environmental Damage, European Union and International Affairs, SVI-UDG@minambiente.it, +390657228101
Rome, Italy
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