New strategy to minimize solid waste in 19 Pacific countries

JICA representatives and the SPREP CEO and Staff after the signing

APIA: THURSDAY 02 APRIL 2015: The development and formulation of a new strategy plan for the Pacific Regional Solid Waste Management 2016-2025 was signed at the SPREP Office, Vailima last Friday, 27 March between JICA and SPREP.

The new strategy will cover 19 countries in the Pacific Region.  The focus has now expanded to include measures that address waste minimization and reduction at source in order to reduce residual wastes entering landfills. Waste minimization and avoidance will be more strongly addressed in the coming strategy.

JICA in collaboration with SPREP commenced the J-PRISM project in 2011 to support the implementation of the Regional Strategy 2010-2015 (RS2010) in Pacific Island Countries (PICs).

Many member countries have shown improvements in waste management as a consequence of the RS2010. And as the implementation of the RS2010 is ending this year, the development of a new strategy to cover the next ten (10) years is necessary in order to further strengthen and sustain waste management and pollution control activities in the region.

JICA is embarking on the development of this new strategy with T$300,000 support. SPREP will assist in providing linkages to the countries covered in the Strategy through the conduct of the consultative workshops.

This will enable a Regional Strategy which will be reflective of the needs of the 19 PICs. The drafted strategy will be finally approved at the SPREP Annual Meeting in September, this year.