The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Program (SPREP) has reported progress in waste management in Pacific island nations made under the Moana Taka Partnership. Since its launch in March 2018, around 686 tons of waste have been sent from islands and the Pacific region that are eligible to be treated and recycled at appropriate ports in the Asia-Pacific region.
The partnership between SPREP and the China Navigation Company (CNCo), also known as SWIRE Shipping, allows CNCo ships to transport, at no charge, recycled waste containers from eligible ports in Pacific island countries and regions that are has inadequate or inappropriate landfill space. to store waste, have inadequate waste treatment facilities, and lack the financial capacity to deliver recyclable waste.
Kosi Latu, Director General of SPREP, described the Moana Taka Partnership as an “rower in the right direction” towards addressing the “enormous waste management challenge” in the Pacific islands.
The focus of the Partnership is the flow of non-commercial waste and types of materials that are considered recyclable, including plastics, aluminum cans, waste oil, and ozone depleting substances. Twenty-one countries and Pacific islands have the right to participate in this scheme.
Examples of shipments of recyclable waste so far include: six used metal containers from Samoa and Papua New Guinea; nine plastic waste containers from Fiji; three used oil containers from the Marshall Islands; and 16 containers containing various waste from Fiji.
Partnerships contribute to implementation Pacific Regional Waste Management and Pollution Strategy 2016-2015, ‘Cleaner Pacific 2025,’ “a comprehensive long-term strategy for sustainable waste management and pollution prevention and control in the Pacific island region until 2025.” The priority areas for management described in this Strategy include municipal solid waste, asbestos, electrical and electronic waste (electronic waste), health service waste, chemicals (such as persistent organic pollutants (POP), ozone depleting substances, and mercury), used oil and lubricants, marine trash, pollution sourced from ships, disaster waste, and liquid waste (such as trade waste and waste).
As such, this initiative forms an important contribution to achieving SDG 12 (responsible consumption and production) and Article 10 (Waste Disposal) of the Noumea Convention for the Protection of Natural Resources and the Environment of the South Pacific Region and Related Protocols.[[[[Pacific Environment Portal][[[[The Story of the SDG Knowledge Hub at the Launch of the Moana Taka Partnership] [SDG Knowledge Hub Sources]
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This story was made possible with financial support from the Swedish Government through the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and was developed with the Pacific Regional Environment Program Secretariat (SPREP) using Pacific Environment Portal, which allows users to find, access and use regional and national data. The portal has been developed by regional UNEP-GEF Inform the project implemented by SPREP, which has established national environmental data portals in 14 Pacific island countries to help overcome the challenges of storing and accessing data. Online databases and data sets aim to help improve decision making and reporting on the environment.
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