Male, Maldive – The National Water and Sewerage Policy was launched today by His Excellency Minister Thoriq Ibrahim at a ceremony held at Champa Central Hotel.
Speaking at the ceremony Minister Thoriq expressed that the main objective of this new policy is to ensure access to safe water supply and adequate sewerage services by adopting cost-effective, environment friendly and appropriate technologies and strengthen legal framework.
The new policy will encourage private sector investments in the sector and will facilitate in building capacity in the relevant institutions. This policy will also strengthen advocacy and awareness, promote research and development for protection and conservation of water resources, this work has already started with the launch of the 5 years national FENFAHI campaign. Awareness raising activities in school are on-going in the entire country.
Maldives has recently embarked on a programme to reform the water and sewerage sector. Over the past 3 years, 17 islands benefited from brand new water supply systems and 18 islands benefitted from new sewerage systems. Within the next five year, this figures will go up to 23 and 49 respectively, thus providing water and sewerage access to 75% of the population.
Thoddoo, the site of one of our project’s demonstration activity, was one of the islands that benefited from the reforms. With the support of the Ministry of Environment and Energy through its Water and Sanitation Department, an integrated water supply system was established. The system comprised of the infrastructure required to collect and store rainwater, a desalination plant and a water distribution network that has seen every household on Thoddoo Island receive clean drinking water.
Our project supported the demonstration activities on Thoddoo island, as well as the development and the launch of the national policy. The Atlantic & Indian Ocean Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) project, financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and jointly implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and executed by the United Nations Office for Project Support (UNOPS).