The State Secretary of Norway, Marianne Hagen stated that the Norwegian government could work with Maldives to ensure the sustainable use of the country's marine resources.
In an interview given to local media outlet Mihaaru, Hagen noted the similarities between Norway and Maldives including the small populations and large ocean territories as well as similar environmental issues.
The State Secretary stated that these similarities provided ground for both nations to collaboratively work to address issues, particularly on international platforms.
"Both countries can work to empower each other in international platforms. We need more advocators regarding climate change issues. In this respect, Maldives and Norway can work together." stated Hagen.
Moreover, Hagen stated that Norway could assist Maldives to establish sustainable forms of fishing and using marine life.
Additionally, the State Secretary stated that both countries could aid each other in dealing with environmental issues and fighting climate change.
Hagen also visited Thilafushi, an artificial island created as a municipal landfill in Male’ Atoll, to observe the method of waste disposal. She expressed the importance of support from individuals in solving waste disposal issues.
She also suggested ideas of utilizing waste by creating compost or generating electricity.
Furthermore, Hagen stated that Norway will provide assistance to search for established companies in the field of recycling.