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Activities in Papua New Guinea

Japanese Technical Cooperation Project for Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries (J-PRISM)

1. Scheme

Technical Cooperation

2. Counterpart Organization

In PNG; National Capital District Commission (NCDC)

3. Project Duration

2011/2 ~ 2016/2

4. Introduction

The Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are facing a number of environmental concerns such as increase in amount and diversification of waste streams, plastics in coastal and marine environment, lack of resource recovery and waste recycling facilities, lack of space for waste-disposal or land-filling, contamination of scarce water resources, and damage to marine ecosystem due to inappropriate or absence of waste treatment. In order to address these concerns, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been working together with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) since the year of 2000. After implementing some bilateral technical cooperation in individual PICs, JICA launched this regional project, J-PRISM, from February 2011 to February 2016. J-PRISM targets eleven (11) PICs including PNG. The objective of the J-PRISM is two-fold, firstly to strengthen and develop national waste management systems and human capacity in PICs through partnership with respective PICs and SPREP; and secondly to promote the regional sharing of knowledge and expertise and encourage the eventual adoption of good waste management practices in PICs.

Under J-PRISM activities in PNG; mainly the rehabilitation of Baruni dump site, the improvement of collection system, and the development of the SWM master plan. The promotion of 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle) activities such as supporting the efforts of the private recycling companies, and introducing composting of market waste and promoting waste separation by the residents to minimize the wastes are also covered. All these activities are being conducted by Waste Management Division (WMD), NCDC with the assistance of Experts from Japan. In terms of incoming waste, the Baruni dumpsite is the largest disposal site in the PICs, and WMD is tackling many challenging issues there such as how to mitigate the environmental impacts from the site operation, how to rehabilitate and operate the site with the contractor under the direction of WMD, and how to collaborate with waste pickers living nearby or inside the site. Based on the lessons learnt from the practical experiences supported by Experts, the training in Japan and so on, the Counterparts have implemented the baseline surveys, developed the design, contracted with the contractor, and have launched the rehabilitation of the Baruni Dumpsite in June, 2014. This activity is expected to be shared as one of the "Show-Cases" of sustainable waste management in the PICs.

5. Target Provinces

The area within Port Moresby administrated by NCDC is covered under the Project.

6. The Snapshots of the Project

PhotoCurrent conditions at Baruni disposal site

PhotoBaruni rehabilitation design prepared by NCDC Counterparts

7. More Information

8. Recent Activities


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