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KOLONIA, Pohnpei (Palau Horizon, Feb. 10) - The Kosrae Island Resource Management Authority, a government agency of Kosrae in the Federated States of Micronesia is the recent recipient of funding assistance under Japan’s grant assistance for grassroots human security projects, a media release said.

The grant, which amounts to US$90,900, will be used to fund the agency’s project for improvement and construction of Kosrae’s centralized landfill.

The aim of the project is to improve the current system of disposal and containment of household and commercial waste by employing an environmental waste disposal and management technique known as the "Fukuoka Semi-Aerobic Landfill Method."

This method utilizes natural decomposition processes under aerobic conditions so that greater microbial activity is promoted and faster stabilization of waste is obtained.

To mark the significant event, a signing ceremony of the funding agreement was held at the Embassy of Japan in Pohnpei, on Feb. 3.

Present on behalf of Kosrae were Rensley Sigrah, governor; Simpson Abraham, director of the KIRMA; along with other appropriate officials of the Kosrae state government.

Toshio Omura, chargé d’affaires, signed on behalf of the embassy and government of Japan.

During his brief statement, Sigrah expressed gratitude and appreciation on behalf of the government and people of Kosrae and expressed hopes that the grant will improve his state which is struggling with solid waste management problems.

Omura said he was very glad to support the people of Kosrae and the FSM as he also expressed hope that this project would be a pilot project for solid waste management in other Pacific islands.

February 10, 2006

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