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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Feb. 10) – Waste management officials from 13 Pacific island countries are in Apia, Samoa to attend a four-week workshop sponsored by the Japanese government.

The workshop, which addresses increasing waste management problems in the region,

was organized by the South Pacific Regional Environment program (SPREP).

Among topics to be discussed are waste management policy, waste minimization, rubbish collection, sanitary landfills, and hazardous waste.

SPREP director Asterio Takesy says as more pressure is placed on limited land and other resources, waste of all kinds is an issue that needs focus.

A Japanese waste expert, Shiro Amano, says 15 delegates from 13 countries around the region will attend.

Mr Amano says there are real benefits to the workshop and he says one example is that of Samoa’s main dumpsite.

He says it’s been completely redesigned so that it’s an environmentally friendly system with improved efficiency, which minimizes the risks of polluting water supplies and affecting public health.

February 11, 2004

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/


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