The environment ministry and the respective island councils signed an agreement to develop a waste management system in 32 islands as part of the Greater Male’ Environmental Improvement and Waste Management Project.
The agreement was signed online on Thursday by Environment Minister Aminath Shauna and the presidents of the 32 island councils.
The waste management system will be implemented in Zone 3 of the country, which includes the inhabited islands of Kaafu Atoll, Alif Atoll, Alif Dhaalu Atoll, and Vaavu Atoll.
According to the environment ministry, a waste management system will be implemented in 15 islands as part of the project, while the existing waste management systems in 11 islands will be upgraded.
Minister Shauna remarked during the event that the government’s goal is to improve waste management systems in the Greater Male’ area using contemporary technologies in a sustainable manner, as well as to eliminate the existing harmful landfills.
The project would be carried out in two stages, according to the environment ministry. The first phase of the project entails improving trash management in the area, such as enhanced island waste management systems. Phase two includes landfill rehabilitation, institutional capacity building, and community outreach.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is funding the Greater Male’ Environmental Improvement and Waste Management Project.