The environment ministry has signed an agreement with Fichtner GmbH, a German engineering consulting firm, to conduct a feasibility study to establish a toxic waste and chemical management facility in the Greater Male’ area to eradicate persistent organic pollutants (POPs).
The Global Environment Facility is funding the project as part of its “Eliminating Persistent Organic Pollutants via Sound Chemical Management” campaign.
The agreement was signed today at a ceremony by Maldives Environment Minister Aminath Shauna and Alexander Bohm, an executive director of Fichtner. The German company also appointed Renewable Energy Maldives Pvt Ltd as a subconsultant.
The consultancy project is expected to cost MVR 1.6 million and take 6 months to complete the feasibility study.
During the ceremony, Minister Shauna remarked that the import of numerous chemicals has increased due to the expansion of industries including as agriculture, tourism, and construction; however, she stated that there is presently no proper solution to eliminate such chemical waste.
Furthermore, Shauna noted that the establishment of a chemical management system will provide a long-term solution to chemical waste eradication. She further stated that the government’s strategic action plan includes compiling policies and strategies for safe chemical management.
The feasibility study includes determining a sustainable strategy of establishing a chemical management facility as well as the engineering design of the facility.