On June 24, 2020, Valerie Cliff, Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Cynthia Wang, Executive Director of the Global Green Technology Center (GGTC), signed a formal strategic cooperation agreement in Bangkok on behalf of UNDP and GGTC respectively. The two parties are determined to jointly promote the construction of a non-waste and low-carbon island in Maldives.
According to the agreement, UNDP will coordinate the government resources of Maldives; meanwhile, GGTC will appoint a green technology team, provide consulting services, implement a construction program for an ecological island. The core goals are “plastic prohibition, zero waste and low carbon” in Maldives. The project will be funded by the international environment funds with initial funding of USD $500,000 and further funding of USD $4.5 million. GGTC, as the leading implementer, will carry out pilot projects in selected islands of Maldives in 2020, and expand to the whole Maldives by 2023. In 2025, the project will achieve the goals of “total plastic prohibition, waste recycling over 85%, and CO2 emission reduced to 50%”.
Maldives is famous for the island tourism and excellent natural ecology in the world, such as white sand, blue sea, blue sky and green trees. However, in recent decades, with the rapid development of tourism, ecological pressure is increasing. For instance, beach garbage is everywhere, and degradation of offshore corals is happening. How to strike the delicate balance between tourism and environment protection is a huge and long-term task for the Maldivian government.
GGTC executive director Cynthia Wang said, GGTC is rooted in the Yangtze River Delta and has operations globally. The Yangtze River Delta region is one of the most prosperous and high-end regions in manufacturing and green technology research and development in the world, with advantages especially in solar energy utilization, green materials and clean energy. The Maldives’s island project will serve as an excellent demonstration area of green ecological economy, providing a vast testing ground for research institutions in the Yangtze River Delta. The project is also an international display platform for enterprises to apply their new technologies. GGTC will establish a project office in Maldives in close collaboration with the UNDP Asia Pacific Office. With the remission of the Covid-19 pandemic, GGTC expert team will land the island soon.
GGTC is founded in 2019. It is an international green technology research and development organization, formed jointly by Industrial Technology Research Institute of Jiangsu, government of Hui Shan district. GGTC consists of an institutional organization which is Yangtze-River-Delta Green Technology Development Institute, an operating company which is Wuxi Ji Cui Green Information Technology Co., Ltd., and an international NGO which is Global Green Science and Technology Development (Singapore) Center. GGTC has established a green new materials laboratory in cooperation with Shandong University and an air monitoring technology european center in cooperation with The University of Munich. With the signing of the strategic cooperation agreement with UNDP, GGTC has formed three R&D and commercialization directions, which are green new materials, dynamic air monitoring and water-ecology restoration design.