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Outline of the Project


Project for Technical Assistance in Solid Waste Management in Palestine


Palestinian territories

Date of R/D signed

22nd September, 2014

Project Site

The West Bank, Palestine

Term of Cooperation

From 1 January 2015 to 31 January 2018

JICA's counterpart of the project

Ministry of Local Government (MoLG)


In the West Bank, Palestine, around 79,000 tons of waste/month is currently generated (0.6kg/capita/day) and collected wastes are planned to be transported to three designated sanitary landfills. Solid waste service (collection, transfer, landfill operation) in the West Bank is generally operated by Joint Service Councils (JSCs) comprised of Local Government Units (municipalities, towns and villages). As of 2015, 13 JSCs are operating or planned to be established in 11 governorates while the General Directorate of Joint Service Council (DJSC) of the Ministry of Local Government (MoLG) is mandated to supervise, coordinate and provide support to the JSCs and their operation for proper waste collection and landfilling.

Since the late 1990s, Japan have been continuously providing an assistance for improving solid waste management (SWM) in Palestine; the 1st phase Grant Aid Project (1999), Technical cooperation project in Jericho and Jordan Valley (2005-08), the 2nd phase Grant Aid Project (2007), and the 3rd phase Grant Aid Project (2013). A survey carried out in advance of the 3rd Grant Aid project showed that there is a significant capacity gap among 13 JSCs and concluded:

  • Only 5 JSCs be eligible for target of the Grant Aid project; other JSCs cannot be target institutions of the grant, because of their insufficient capacity.
  • A capacity enhancement of MoLG to develop/ formulate policies, standards, guidelines and plans for SWM is essential in order to develop capacity of JSCs to adequate level and facilitate JSCs activities.

Thus, the technical cooperation project "Project for Technical Assistance in Solid Waste Management in Palestine" is formulated to develop a capacity of MoLG and five JSCs with particularly low capacity: Tubas, Qalqiliya, Nablus, Northeast & Southeast Jerusalem, and Northwest & North Jerusalem to equalize the level of SWM services in the West Bank.


Overall Goal

Sound environmental and social solid waste management service is delivered over Palestine in sustainable manner.

Project goal

Sustainable Solid waste management system is established by JSCs equally over the West Bank area Palestine under the well-prepared policy, plan, institution, support and coordination made by MoLG.


  1. MOLG's capacity for instruction, support and coordination to JSCs is enhanced through implementing activities with targeted 5 JSCs in SWM.
  2. MoLG's capacity for preparing standards, regulations and guidelines in solid waste management is enhanced.
  3. MoLG's capacity for preparing national policies and plans in solid waste management is enhanced.
  4. MoLG's management capacity at organizational level is enhanced.


[Output 1]

1-1 Training for JSC personnel on SWM
1-2 Instruction, support and coordination for target 5 JSCs

[Output 2]

2-1 Pilot Project on environmental auditing for landfill
2-2 Pilot Project on waste source reduction (home/community composting)
2-3 Standard for construction and demolition (C&D) waste management

[Output 3]

3-1 Functionalization of National Team for solid waste management
3-2 National SWM Strategy
3-3 Economic incentive and Pubic Private Partnership systems

[Output 4]

4-1 Project management
4-2 Organizational management


  • To support MoLG for conducting trading and to facilitating on the job training to strengthen the capacity of staff in the five target JSCs.
  • To enhance the capacity of staff in MoLG through conducting researches and pilot projects as well as preparing policies, guidelines, and standards, in particular about landfill environmental auditing, waste reduction, and construction & demolition waste.
  • To functionalize the National Team for SWM for revising National Strategy and facilitating PPP activities.
  • To establish a management framework (proper organization and regular meetings) for and administrate the project.


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