Ooredoo Maldives Joins “Plastic Aa Nulaa” Initiative

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Ooredoo Maldives joined the “Plastic Aa Nulaa” event at Central Park on Monday evening, organised by Fushifaru Maldives and in collaboration with Muni Foundation.

Attended by a diverse range of participants, including senior government officials and representatives from various organisations, the event aimed to raise awareness about the detrimental effects of single-use plastic on the Maldives’ marine ecosystem.

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Translated as “without plastic,” the “Plastic Aa Nulaa” initiative sought to encourage individuals and businesses to reduce their reliance on disposable plastic products and invited Students from the Centre for Higher Secondary Education (CHSE) to participate.

Before the evening event, volunteers gathered for a cleanup program in the Hulhumale area, where nearly 50kg of waste was collected. This proactive approach to waste management underscores the commitment of Fushifaru Maldives and its partners to environmental stewardship. The collected waste will be recycled through a partnership with Parley Maldives, further contributing to sustainable practices in the region.

During his address at the event, Ahmed Siaar, General Manager of Fushifaru Maldives, emphasised the importance of collective action in preserving the environment for future generations. He outlined plans for collaborative efforts among resorts and local communities to safeguard the marine ecosystem of Lhaviyani Atoll.

Ahmed Shiyam, Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Resources, highlighted government initiatives to tackle plastic pollution, including recent legislative measures to ban single-use plastic products. He called upon stakeholders in the tourism industry to prioritise environmental conservation, recognising the industry’s dependence on the Maldives’ pristine natural environment.

Marine Biologist Lorraine Aldridge shared expert insights at the event, advocating for improved waste management practices and implementing water purification systems to reduce plastic pollution.

Khalid Al-Hamadi, Managing Director and CEO of Ooredoo Maldives reiterated the company’s commitment to environmental sustainability, emphasising the importance of collective responsibility in addressing plastic waste.

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