20 September 2022, Tuesday, Male’ Maldives: Maldives Ocean Plastics Alliance (MOPA) President Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim and senior officials had an introductory meeting with the Japanese Embassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Ms. Takeushi Midori and Counsellor Ms. Asano Naomi.
After the initial introductions of both institutions and their teams, Ms. Takeushi and MOPA officials shared their mutual concerns regarding the escalating waste management issues across the nation.
With an introduction of MOPA and its ongoing activities, MOPA officials also shared details of the various projects being carried out by MOPA across the Maldives towards responsibly addressing the issues related to the single use plastics, which is one of the most critical environmental problems faced by the Maldives. In addition to MOPA’s future plans to safely repurpose single use plastics thereby minimizing the number of plastics thrown into our beautiful oceans, some of the challenges and how to overcome these barriers were also discussed in the meeting.
The meeting was attended by the MOPA President Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, Development Associate Ms. Hashma Haidar and Partnerships Manager Ms. Aishath Shabana.
About MALDIVES OCEAN PLASTIC ALLIANCE (MOPA)
Registered in 2020, MOPA is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization focused on forging alliances, and works in the jurisdiction of the Maldives. MOPA is the first, and so far only, locally-registered non-government initiative dedicated to forging strong stakeholder alliances to reduce, recover, reuse, repurpose and recycle ocean plastics in the Maldives. MOPA believes in working with manufacturers, importers, retailers, consumers, tapping into corporate social responsibility initiatives to safeguard our pristine environment. MOPA is committed to science, contribute to education and awareness and conform to policy initiatives, to formulate community-based programmes and ambitious projects aimed at ridding pollution from our oceans. MOPA is inspired by the commitment of the government of Maldives to address ocean plastics through strong legislation. MOPA also supports the global movement towards banning single use plastics.