Minister of Environment, Climate Change, and Technology Aminath Shauna has stated that increased global support is required to build an effective, science-based, and legally enforced system to better manage world fish supplies.
During the Commonwealth’s World Oceans Day event, Minister Shauna stated that sustainable practices must be implemented along a migratory path, not just in one location.
Minister Shauna went on to say that the Commonwealth Blue Charter ensures an equal approach to ocean economic development and protection for a country like Maldives by requiring member nations to actively cooperate to fulfill important commitments for sustainable ocean development.
The minister emphasized that the Maldivian atolls are the world’s largest reef systems, acting as protective barriers for the low-lying islands. She further stated that the country’s waterways and reefs are home to a diverse marine life that also offers sustenance for Maldivians.
Furthermore, Minister Shauna stated that President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has ratified the Climate Emergency Act, which lays out a plan to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 in response to climate change heating the waters and damaging coral reefs.
She also stated that the Maldives has joined 70 other countries in a collaborative effort to safeguard 30% of the oceans by 2030, and that the country is dedicated to eliminating single-use plastics by 2023.
Minister Shauna concluded her remarks by expressing hope that the Maldives’ commitment to decreasing carbon emissions, ocean conservation, sustainable fishing, and reducing plastic waste will inspire other countries to follow suit.