On the 4th of October 2010, the Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities, Fiji – Mr. Cama Tuiloma together with Deputy Resident Representative of JICA Fiji office – Mr. Yutaka Fukase opened the Two weeks "Third Country Training Program on Regional Meteorological Training for Pacific Island Countries" in the field on Meteorology at Nadi Regional Specialized Meteorological Center.
Participants carry out weather equipment's field check.
JICA together with Fiji Meteorological Service conducted a regional training course which focused on the calibration, general operations, maintenance and repairs of the meteorological instrument. A total of 16 participants from 11 countries attended the two weeks training which end on the 15th of October 2010. The participants aimed to learn and skill up their current knowledge in the field of meteorology in order to enhance their abilities for maximum reliability and accuracy in collecting data and providing information to the general public and relevant authorities specially in times of meteorological disaster.
The training was facilitated by a Lecturer from Japan Meteorological Agency and a Trainer from New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research.
This training course is a part of the three training courses scheduled to take place from 2010 till 2012. These training are a continuous support of JICA to the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center which was constructed through the FJ$16.6 million funding from JICA in 1998.
Seven (7) Fisheries officers from Seven (7) Pacific Island Countries are attended a four (4) weeks Regional Training program organized by JICA called "Secure Sustainability of Coastal Fisheries Resource through Diversification" in Fiji.
Participants from the Fisheries training in Fiji
The program aimed to develop sound measures for the effective utilization and management of the coastal fisheries resources in respective countries of Pacific Islands since fisheries activities in the Pacific region are essential not only for economic development of the nation but also maintenance of subsistence livelihood.
The participants were from countries such as Fiji, Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, people who are involved in management and development of coastal fisheries organizations in their countries.
A three (3) year program with the budget of approximately FJ 600,000 dollars, the participants have had and will also have opportunities in Japan to review and strengthen the understanding on the role of diversification of coastal fisheries activities on the Island of Okinawa. Participants are to identify appropriate approaches and strategies suited to their respective countries context.
Participants got trained in Fiji as a part of second (2nd) phase of the training which includes case study as well as actual planning and implementation of small scale activities to have the opportunities for deep deliberation on modification as well as application of Okinawa's model activities to the Pacific Island countries. The participants are expected to formulate or revise an action plan which will be conducted by them based on their findings in Fiji and Okinawa.
JICA's "Waste Minimization and Recycling Promotion Project" which promotes the 3R Model (Reduce/Reuse and Recycle) in the Western Division, held its 7th Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) Meeting on the 21st of October 2010.
JCC members attending the meeting at the JICA Fiji Officep>The Project is being carried out in collaboration with the Lautoka City Council, Nadi Town Council and the Department of Environment. The implementation period of this Project is from October 2008 to March 2012.
The main objective of this JCC meeting is to share the progress and results of the Project's activities in its pilot areas with the counterparts and stakeholders. There will also be briefing on the Plan of operation for the third year of the Project.
The Government of Fiji recognizing the need to promote waste minimization and recycle activities, requested the Government of Japan for technical cooperation for promoting 3R concept. JICA responding to the request dispatched survey team to Fiji in November 2007. The team carried out their survey and came up with the "Waste Minimization and Recycle Promotion Project".
The pilot areas of the Project which focuses on recycling processes are at Field 40 in Lautoka and Matavolivoli in Nadi. The residents in these areas are working closely with the Lautoka City Council and Nadi Town Council to process kitchen waste by decomposing it into compost which is later used as garden manure to separate collection service for recyclables and improve the landfill site in Vunato – Lautoka.
New Multipurpose Truck and Shredder
JICA handed-over a new Multipurpose Truck worth US 48,000.00 dollars to Nadi Town Council through its "Waste Minimization and Recycling Promotion Project" to promote green waste minimization and recycling in Nadi Town.
The Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of the Fiji Islands, H.E. Yutaka Yoshizawa, was in Nadi to officially hand-over a new shredder donated by the Embassy of Japan and the new Multipurpose Truck from JICA to Nadi Town Council on the 29th October, 2010.
From left: JICA Fiji Resident Rep- Mr. Sasaki, Japan Ambassador to Fiji – Mr. Yutaka Yoshizawa, Nadi Town Council Special Administrator Mr. Aisea Tuidraki & Nadi Town Council CEO – Mr. Terrence, during the handing over ceremony of the New Multipurpose Truck and Shedder
The new Multipurpose Truck will empower Nadi Town Council to effectively maintain the environment of Nadi Town, which is the main centre for business to around 60,000 people. The town also serves as the main entrance of the Fiji Islands and main commercial centre for the tourism industry in Fiji and the Pacific. The concept of "Green Waste recycle" and "Separating Collection Service" for recyclables has been an ongoing practice around Nadi and Lautoka town boundaries since the launch of Waste Minimization and Recycling Promotion Project funded by JICA in October 2008. The new Truck is expected to contribute to the promotion of this project keeping in mind the theme of Nadi Town Council of "Jet Set Clean Nadi".
Japan's assistance to this project indicates its commitment to promote clean, safe and beautiful environment for the people of Fiji Islands and is in line with its Official Development Assistance (ODA) policy of promoting development at the grassroots level. The GGP programme is specifically designed to address basic human needs, which include sanitary environment, water supply, health, basic education, vocational training, and rural infrastructure. It is hoped that this assistance will help further strengthen the friendly ties currently enjoyed by the governments and the peoples of Japan and the Fiji Islands.