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Maldives establishes 'environment police' for waste management

Nafaahath Ibrahim
19 March 2018, MVT 12:52
Acting CP Navaaz (L), Environment Minister Thoriq (M) and WAMCO MD Shifau posing for a picture after the agreement signing ceremony.
Nafaahath Ibrahim
19 March 2018, MVT 12:52

Maldives Police Service, Waste Management Corporation Limited (WAMCO) and the Ministry of Environment have come together to create the “Environment Police” in order to manage waste more efficiently.

A ceremony was held in the environment ministry on Sunday to sign the agreement between the three institutions. Acting Commissioner of Police Abdulla Nawaz, Environment Minster Thoriq Ibrahim and Managing Director of WAMCO Mohamed Shifau signed the agreement on behalf of their respective institutions.

Under the agreement, the Environment Police would petrol capital Male in order to stop and take action against people who transport waste illegally. In addition, they will maintain safety and traffic in the zones specialized for WAMCO. In the agreement, Police are conditioned to aid WAMCO in resolving any security related issues the latter may face.

This agreement would also help to enforce waste management regulations and the “Saafu Raajje” project to maintain cleanliness in the islands. Additionally, the agreement stipulates to take action against those who violate the waste management regulations under the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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