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October 15, 2013

J-PRISM Baruni Dump Site Inspection Tour

The team of the Japanese Technical Cooperation Project for Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries (J-PRISM) headed by Mr.Shiro Amano, accommodated a high level tour of the Baruni disposal site in Port Moresby. This insightful event occurred on October 15, 2013.

The tour itself was preceded by a presentation at the Holiday Inn Port Moresby highlighting the current state and progress of the Project, the counterparts' WAY FORWARD plan and what methods the team proposes to utilize in order to resolve the growing issues of waste management in Port Moresby.

It (the tour) was very important in the sense that we need people such as Ministerial Office staff or Secretaries, Executive Management to attain firsthand information/impression about the site's current conditions and what we plan to convert it into.

The delegation's presence, in a way, is to make them become a part of the development counterparts, taking responsibility, be it through funding support or other administrative and bureaucratic support to drive the project forward with quality and compliance.

It is also important to expose the project by way of media coverage to raise the profile of the project and to keep the public informed. This, in turn should affect the people's general impression and attitude towards waste management.

~ Simeon Terina, Manager Waste Management Division NCDC
on the purpose and importance of the tour

Several presentations were scheduled for delivery, however, due to time constraints, only a couple key reports could be captured. From this, the audience was able to retain perceptive information such as:

Conditions and concerns of the Baruni Dump Site

PhotoMr. Shigeru Sugiyama, JICA PNG’s Chief Representative with his Welcoming remarks at the Holiday Inn Port Moresby

  • uncontrolled burning
  • open dumping
  • uncoordinated (no separation of materials)
  • no soil coverage
  • no leachate collection/control
  • no drainage system
  • poor access to tipping area, esp. during wet season
  • open to scavenging

The solution? Land refill system

Using the Japanese Fukuoka method under the Semi-aerobic Landfill umbrella, waste and other chemicals will be drained through the laying of leachate collection and gas vending pipes. This was the basic outline of the method mentioned.

Approximately 50 (fifty) eager guests attended the event, including prominent officers such as Mr. Leslie Alu, Acting City Manager, Mr. Guba Daera, First Secretary to the Minister of Health & HIV/AIDS. Mr. Daera was apologetic for his Minister's absence, but, along with the Ministry's Second Secretary, Mr. Tau Oala, did not regret his avid participation on the day.

PhotoThe National Newspaper, front page Wednesday Oct 16, 2013

Many National representatives like First Secretary shared the same sentiments, saying that the tour unearthed a fresh perspective of the site and the issues related to solid waste management. The audience also included Mr. Gregory Lenga, Industry Standards of Department of Environment and Conservation and representatives of Department of National Planning and Monitoring.

The general public was arguably widely informed of the tour and the Project's design. PNG's Post Courier made mention of the occasion one day ahead, but still took the time to extend their coverage come October 15. The National Newspaper shared with its people by headlining the papers - "NCD (National Capital District) AT RISK • City council tackles waste management woes". In retrospect, the objective of public and overall awareness was certainly achieved.

PhotoBaruni Dump – a wide sea of disorderly waste

Upon arrival at the dump site, no tour guide or expert was needed to narrate what was clearly in front of us all. Mountains of rubble and dirt, debris and familiar waste items, thick clouds of dust and smoke traversed this giant land mass that is the Baruni Dump. Scavengers overtly wandered the area, picking from the mounds anything that could become something to help them survive.

As we stepped outside of our vehicles to gather, so, too gathered the Dump's residents. Oblivious to sanitation, health and welfare concerns, this is their home, it seems.

PhotoMr. James Ricky, Project Engineer of NCDC, is explaining improvement plan of dump site in front of the guests and media.

Although the team had hoped for a little more from Attendance, the tour deemed quite successful and extremely educational. Much has been put in to the coordination and implementation of the Project's Master Plan, surveys and rehabilitation design, and much has surely been taken away from the Tour.

** J-PRISM is JICA's 5-year (2011-2016) Technical Cooperation Project covering eleven (11) pacific island countries including PNG, aimed at building human and institutional capacity base for sustainable Solid Waste Management. This Baruni Dump Site Inspection Tour was implemented when the project's Chief Advisor Mr. Shiro Amano and solid waste management expert Mr. Riad Muhmoud visited PNG, to jointly confirm project progress and to raise the awareness of importance on solid waste management among the people living in POM. For more information about J-PRISM, please visit the project's website (http://www.sprep.org/j-prism).

Ms. Moale Manega
JICA Papua New Guinea Office


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