Development Plans

Building a Circular Economy (LDP-2)

Noonu Atoll, threatened by waste, is adopting a "circular economy" approach to waste management, inspired by nature's closed-loop system. The Sustainable Waste Management Model focuses on eight strategies: educating residents and businesses about the circular economy, advocating for supportive national policies, equipping island councils with waste management knowledge and tools, encouraging local businesses to turn waste into resources, strengthening municipal services, promoting renewable energy, proposing a mobile municipal service for efficient waste management, and supporting the development of cost-effective, locally-driven solutions. This approach requires collaboration between all 13 inhabited islands, resorts, and the local community. The goal is to establish Noonu Atoll as a model for sustainable waste management in the Maldives, promoting a circular economy and achieving zero waste. The objectives include increasing community awareness, developing supportive policies, establishing recycling businesses, improving waste systems, increasing the use of solar power and fuel-efficient technologies, implementing a mobile municipal service program, and supporting locally-driven solutions. The guiding principles are to engage, reduce, reuse, repair, and recycle.
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Resilient Communities (LDP-5)

Noonu Atoll aims to improve island life by focusing on healthcare, social services, safety, and environmental well-being. It proposes establishing committees on education, health, and social cohesion, with technology enhancing communication and medical services access. Social well-being and safety will be addressed through an inclusion framework for local council planning, island-level drug rehabilitation programs, atoll-level fire safety services, and an eco-friendly pest control service. Disaster preparedness and environmental well-being are prioritized, with measures to safeguard clean drinking water, address environmental hazards, and promote healthy living practices. Improved access and communication are facilitated through a "Healthcare Lifeline Vessel" and an online doctor appointment system. The goal is to create a prosperous, healthy future for island communities by fostering collaboration, improving healthcare and social services access, enhancing safety and disaster preparedness, and promoting a sustainable environment.
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Enhancing Local Governance (LDP-1)

Noonu Atoll aims to become a model of modern governance, leveraging digital tools to streamline operations, improve efficiency, and increase transparency. The vision extends beyond digital solutions, with plans to reform local governance structures, empower residents, and establish the Noonu Atoll Local Company to drive development initiatives. Residents can expect expanded services, optimized workspaces, and special allowances for council staff. The council is committed to a comprehensive digital transformation, including research to identify external resources that can support local councils. A program will be implemented to consolidate public office buildings, and an atoll promotion magazine will be launched to boost tourism and attract new residents and businesses. A work-from-home policy will also be established to promote work-life balance and attract top talent.
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Driving Micro Enterprises (LDP-4)

Noonu Atoll's plan aims to protect its heritage while fostering a sustainable economy. Central to this strategy is responsible tourism, immersing visitors in the Atoll's experience and ensuring sustainable practices. The community will shape the Atoll's future, with local talent celebrated and innovation welcomed. A unique brand identity will be created for Noonu Atoll, integrated into a calendar of events and festivals. Existing properties will be adapted for conferences and events, and accessibility will be improved. The cultural legacy will be preserved and restored, with support for local artisans and SMEs. Sustainable farming practices will be promoted, and an efficient inter-island cargo ferry system will strengthen the local economy. The goal is to transform Noonu Atoll into thriving and sustainable islands, where economic growth complements environmental conservation and community well-being.
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Natural Resources Conservation (LDP-3)

Noonu Atoll is committed to conserving its natural resources, including coral reefs, beaches, and freshwater. The council plans to create a Geographic Information System (GIS) for informed planning and sustainable land-use. Local communities will be empowered to participate in reimagining land use, strengthening conservation, and ensuring food security. A new resource and land-use framework prioritizing sustainability will be deployed, and efforts will be made to preserve the entire ecosystem, including islands, coral reefs, and mangrove forests. The council will introduce Environment and Heritage Conservation Tourism, allowing responsible exploration of the atoll. Innovative solutions like reef construction services will be employed to restore and protect coral reefs. The goal is to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of Noonu Atoll for both the environment and the residents.
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