Monday, January 18, 2016

Future Waste Management Priorities agreed upon at the final Meeting of the J-PRISM Project for FSM

Palikir, Pohnpei -The final National Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) Meeting, organized by the Office of Environment and Emergency Management (OEEM) in collaboration with the Japan Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management(J-PRISM), was held on December 17, 2015 at FSM OEEM Conference Room in Palikir, Pohnpei. 
5th National JCC meeting participants
The meeting brought together representatives from the State Environmental Protection Agencies/KIRMA, Departments of Public Works and Transportation and Infrastructure, National Government Department of Transportation, Communication, and Infrastructure, Office of Development Assistance, Pohnpei Waste  Management Services, Trash Kings, OEEM, JICA, and Embassy of Japan.  
Since this was the final meeting and the end of the first phase of the project, participants discussed and exchanged ideas on the remaining activities of the project, and  proposed priority actions for Solid Waste Management for the FSM states.
 Some of the priority actions included:
  1. updating Coin Deposit Legislations (CDLs) to include more recyclable products than just aluminum cans.  For example, in the case of Kosrae State  recycling,  batteries, plastic bottles, glass bottles have been included
  2. Improving sharing of information through a newsletter and/or websites
  3. Strengthening communication network among the states and OEEM
  4. Including waste management agenda through sessions during Environment Conferences and EPA Directors Meetings
  5. Sharing of State Action Plans to OEEM for policy making purposes and coordination on addressing gaps
  6. Implementing segregation of waste at the household level
  7. Implementing the Leachate Monitoring Guidelines

During the discussions, it was evident that waste management is still a priority in the FSM and the participants reaffirmed their commitment to ensure the implementation of  their State Solid Waste Management Action Plans.
The management of waste collection and operations of disposal systems, landfill development, and improved dumpsites are some of the project activities that have progressed under the 5-year J-PRISM Project.  J-PRISM Project is funded by the Japan International Cooperative Agency (JICA) and is partnered with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

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