Behind the scenic photos of its beaches and colorful marine life, the island nation of Maldives is fighting a battle against waste and pollution that are threatening the health of its population and national economy.

In 2018, the Government of Maldives together with the Asian Development Bank initiated the Greater Malé Environmental Improvement and Waste Management Project. It is ADB's first large-scale assistance in sustainable waste management in Maldives.

The next phase of the project - Greater Malé Waste-to-Energy Project, will establish a modern solid waste management facility for the Greater Malé region and neighboring islands. The project will also support the building of an advanced waste-to-energy plant on the island.

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