MOPA signs a consultancy services agreement with NIG Capital to carry out a socio-economic impact assessment of single use plastic in the Maldives

Press Release

The project involves study on import, production and use of the single use plastic in the Maldives and identify ways of minimizing the environmental impact.

Male’, 13 October 2020 – The Founder/President of MOPA Thoriq Ibrahim today signed the Consultancy Services agreement with NIG Capital Maldives to carry out preliminary assessment on the socio-economic impact of single use plastic in the Maldives. The study will involve impact assessment of the import, production and use of single use plastic in the Maldives, and identify ways of minimizing the environmental impact of plastic by investing on recycling facilities in the country. The research will assist in bringing out key information for building the general awareness of the relevant stakeholders on the subject and also provide the policy and decision makers in the Government with research based data to help with policy decisions.

On behalf NIG Capital the agreement was signed by Ahmed Naseer, former Governor of MMA.

At the signing event, MOPA President Thoriq noted that “Single use plastic items, are one of the biggest threat to the environment. At MOPA, we advocate for strong action against ocean plastics and believe a proper researched based assessment on socio economic impact of single use plastic is absolutely vital now”. He also said, “MOPA is committed to educating and creating awareness on the growing problem of ocean plastics and to support policy initiatives to make the Maldives into a model economy that effectively addresses the issue of ocean plastics and that he believes this study will be a stepping stone of many more works planned for the future”.

The Maldives Ocean Plastics Association (MOPA) was registered 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.