Japan provides support to urgently improve rubbish management in Yangon City, Myanmar

By on 02/19/2019

Japan’s Ambassador to Myanmar Mr. Ichiro Maruyama and UN-Habitat’s Country Programme Manager in Myanmar Mr. Bijay Bahadur Karmacharya shake hands after signing a grant aid agreement to improve solid waste management in Yangon City. UNHabitat/2019/Gloria Chithu

Yangon City, Myanmar, 18 February 2019 – A grant aid agreement signed between Mr. Ichiro Maruyama, Japan’s Ambassador to Myanmar and Mr. Bijay Bahadur Karmacharya, Country Programme Manager in Myanmar for UN-Habitat aims to improve management of rubbish in Yangon City.

The USD 5.5 million project will support the introduction of the Fukuoka method to the Htein Bin dumpsite, where a large fire took place in April last year. The Fukuoka Method is a semi-aerobic landfil

l design which speeds up the decomposition of waste materials, improves the quality of water draining from the site and reduces methane gas, one of the most potent greenhouse gases.  This will reduce the future risk of fire and lengthen the life of the rubbish dump.

UN-Habitat will implement the project with Fukuoka City, Japan and the Pollution Control and the Cleansing Department of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC).

The ceremony, at the YCDC Complex, was attended by the Mayor of Yangon, U Maung Maung Soe, the Deputy Mayor of Fukuoka City, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Mr. Knut Ostby representatives of the

A waste picker at Htein Bin dumpsite, scene of a large fire last year, which is set to be improved/transformed under a new UN-Habitat project funded by Japan.

Yangon Region Government, the Embassy of Japan, Japan’s Ministry of Environment of Japan, United Nations and international agencies and of YCDC.

At the ceremony, the Mayor of Yangon U Maung Maung Soe, appreciated UN-Habitat’s long-term partnership which, he said, had helped the city to overcome many urban related problems. He said the project will be the key to a cleaner and environmentally sustainable future of Yangon.

Ambassador Ichiro Maruyama said Japan was committed to assisting the people of Myanmar in all areas and that the participation UN-Habitat made him confident about the project.

UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager for Myanmar Mr. Bijay Karmacharya, expressed his appreciation to the Government of Japan for helping Yangon Region Government, YCDC in the sustainable management of  solid waste disposal.

The signing ceremony was followed by a workshop on Yangon City Solid Waste Management attended by representatives from YCDC, Fukuoka City, UN-Habitat and Japanese companies.

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