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

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

The launch of J-PRISM II project started today 13th April 2017, held at the MEIDECC Head Office in Nuku’alofa.

The overall goal of the project is to enhance the sustainable management of solid waste in the Pacific regions, based on Pacific Regional Waste and Pollution Management Strategy 2016-2025 (Cleaner Pacific 2015)

The Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Siaosi Sovaleni opened this meeting expressing his full support for the launch of this project in Tonga.  Welcoming remarks were conducted by the chairperson of the meeting, the CEO of MEIDECC, Mr. Paula Ma’u

Implementing agencies - Ministry of Health, Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Climate Change and Communications and Waste Authority Ltd – met with the J-PRISM Expert team , Chief Advisor, JICA Expert based in SPREP (Samoa) Mr. Junji Ishizuka and Mr. Shinnosuke Oda (Japan).  Also representatives of Japan - JICA experts and Resident Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to dialogue and discuss the overall goal and work plans of the project for the next 5 years. 

The purpose of the project for Tonga is that the foundation of sustainable solid waste management is built in the outer islands of Tonga, with emphasis on practical implementation. The target area for this phase is Vava’u Island. 

The project will focus on achieving three main outputs which will include formulating and expanding the waste management service throughout Tonga. Sustainable solid waste management and implementing capacity of Waste Authority Ltd in the outer islands is strengthened through training and ongoing system development in Vava’u.  Action plans for the target island(s) is developed in Waste Authority Ltd and incorporated into Waste Authority’s 5 year business plan.

Project activities have been planned out for the next 5 years by the JICA project team.  Surveying, data collection and reviewing of data are already underway.  Plans for future activities will include trainings and consultation workshops, public awareness programs and capacity related assessments.