We need immediate, pragmatic solutions to address plastic waste through public-private partnerships:
Former Environment Minister Thoriq Ibrahim
Male’, 2 March 2020 – The Maldives Ocean Plastics Association (MOPA) was registered today at the Ministry of Home Affairs under the Associations Act (Law No. 01/2003) of Maldives, as a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization, with the stated objective of pooling resources, forging partnerships, engaging stakeholders and empowering communities to safely repurpose single use plastics in country.
MOPA is the vision of Former Environment and Energy Minister of Maldives, Hon. Thoriq Ibrahim. Commenting on his latest initiative, Thoriq confirmed that “MOPA is dedicated to forging strong stakeholder alliances to reduce, recover, reuse, repurpose and recycle ocean plastics”. He elaborated that MOPA would work closely with manufacturers, importers, retailers and consumers, and that the Alliance would seek to tap into corporate social responsibility initiatives to safeguard the environment.
Emphasizing that science would be at the forefront of MOPA’s programmes, he also spoke the importance of education and awareness in MOPA’s community-based projects aimed at ridding pollution from the oceans.