Ministry of Environment has conducted a sustainable development conference under the banner of Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM).
The one-day conference was held by the Ministry of Environment in association with the government of Japan. A total of 50 participants were present at Thursday's conference, which was conducted in 8 sessions.
Environment ministry says the aim of the conference is to increase awareness on the energy-saving mechanisms put in place under different JCM projects. During the conference, they also discussed the progress Maldives has made in the field of sustainable development over the last few years.
According to the environment ministry, the conference also included discussions on the projects conducted by JCM in the Maldives and challenges they faced during these projects.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the conference, environment minister Dr. Hussain Rasheed spoke of the importance of the JCM projects being conducted in Maldives. He also noted the importance of producing electricity from renewable energy sources, stating that 94 percent of the electricity generated in the Maldives comes from burning fuel.
The minister stated that 10 to 15 percent of the country's GDP is used to import fuel for electricity.
JCM is an initiative by the Japanese government to promote sustainable development and achieve low-carbon growth all around the world.