Speech by UNDP Resident Representative a.i David McLachlan-Karr in the signing ceremony of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project – Faresmaathoda Waste Management Project

17 Mar 2014

His Excellency, Ambassador of Japan Mr. Nobuhito Hobo
Second Secretary of Embassy of Japan, Mr. Toyoteru Doi, 

Minister of Environment and Energy, Mr. Thoriq Ibrahim, 
Minister of State for Environment and Energy, Mr. Abdul Matheen
Minister of State for Environment and Energy, Mr. Hassan Shah 
Minister of State for Environment and Energy, Mr.Abdullahi Majeed 
Deputy Minister, Mr. Athhar Haleem 
Deputy Minister, Mr.Abdulla Hameed 
Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Environment and Energy, Mr.Ajwad Musthafa, 
President of Island Council of GDh. Faresmaathodaa , Mr. Mohamed Assad

Other distinguished representatives of Embassy of Japan and Ministry of Environment and Energy and my team from UNDP,

A very good morning to all,

I am very delighted to see you all, our development partners, on this joyous occasion.  I am convinced that through partnerships such as the one we are witnessing today, development challenges of the Maldives can be tackled.

As we all know, waste management is among the most challenging environmental problems facing the Maldives. For Maldives to address this challenge there is a great need for capacity development that must go hand in hand with development of infrastructure. 

Globally, UNDP is working at national and community levels, seeking out and sharing best practices, providing innovative policy advice and linking partners through pilot projects to address global and local environmental challenges. We help our partners build their capacity to integrate environmental considerations into development plans and strategies and address environmental challenges through sustainable mechanisms.

As such, capacity development has been at the core of our work with the community of Faresmaathoda in the past year. We have been working very closely with the community and council of Faresmathodaa with the support of Ministry of Environment and Energy to establish a sustainable waste management system in the island. As a result, we developed a waste management plan in consultation with the community and constructed a waste management centre. We conducted training sessions for community members in composting and best practices of waste management.

The project that has been signed today will ensure sustainability of the waste management centre constructed in the island. With support from the staff of Ministry of Environment and Energy, my team at UNDP Maldives worked closely with the island council to facilitate community consultations and formulation of this project. In this process, the team at UNDP has focused a great deal on building the capacity of the community and the council and this project will further develop the capacity of the community in managing their waste in a sustainable and affordable manner. In this process, we were delighted to play our role as a development partner by facilitating and linking up the efforts of the community and council of Faresmaathoda with the small grants scheme of the Government of Japan.

At this junction, it is crucial that the project signed today is implemented with efficiency.  I trust that through this project, the island council and all the project stakeholders will ensure that the waste management centre constructed in the island produces maximum benefit to the community. The waste management plan needs to be implemented urgently so that the concerns of the community are fully addressed. 

I will like to take this opportunity to thank the government of Japan for funding this very important project and I congratulate the government of Maldives and the council of Faresmathoda for this important endeavour. I look forward to a successful implementation of this project. 

Thank you