The government and Blue Prosperity Coalition jointly launched a workshop to discuss the most effective ways to implement the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two parties in September.
Signed at the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) held in New York, USA, the MOU stipulates that Maldives and the Blue Prosperity Coalition should create a long-term programme to preserve Maldives’ marine environment and resources as well as to ensure that future development is environmentally sustainable.
The two-day workshop, scheduled for December 12 and 15, invites national stakeholders to provide input on how to reach the core aims set aside under the MOU.
The aims include conducting collaborative maritime scientific research, enhancing maritime spatial planning and designating certain ocean areas as legally protected as well as establishing better mechanisms for maritime governance and ocean resource preservation.
The workshop will be attended by representatives of Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture, Ministry of National Planning and Infrastructure, Marine Research Institute, Local Government Authority (LGA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Waitt Institute, Partnership Organization, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Pristine Seas and Nekton.
The collective input of the attendees will be compiled into a work plan, outlining steps to accomplish the MOU's goals.
The Blue Prosperity Foundation is a global network of ocean experts working to advance ocean protection and develop blue economies.
As per the President's Office, collaborating with Blue Prosperity Foundation will accelerate and complement the country's ongoing conservation efforts.