The impact of waste and pollution is taking its toll on the health of communities, degrading natural ecosystems, threatening food security, impeding resilience to climate change, and adversely impacting social and economic development of countries in the region. The PacWastePlus programme will generate improved economic, social, health, and environmental benefits by enhancing existing activities and building capacity and sustainability into waste management practices for all participating countries.
Outcomes & Key Result Areas
The overall objective of PacWastePlus is “to generate improved economic, social, health and environmental benefits arising from stronger regional economic integration and the sustainable management of natural resources and the environment”.
The specific objective is “to ensure the safe and sustainable management of waste with due regard for the conservation of biodiversity, health and wellbeing of Pacific island communities and climate change mitigation and adaptation requirements”.
Improved Data Collection Imroved data colletion, information sharing, and education awareness
Policy & Regulation Policies and regulatory frameworks developed and implemented.
Best Practices Enhanced private sector engagement and infrastructure development implemented
Human Capacity Enhanced human capacity.
The programme brings together key organisations supporting the waste and pollution sector in the region, with SPREP as the entrusted implementation agency. The Pacific Community (SPC) and the University of the South Pacific (USP) will be implementing partners contracted by SPREP for specific activities in line with their core expertise and responsibility.
Additionally, the PacWastePlus programme is partnering with numerous other development partners operating waste management projects in the region, to ensure no duplication of efforts or wasted resources.
The programme logo was designed jointly by the PacWastePlus communications officer and design consultants as part of the programme’s Communications and Visibility Plan, using symbology that captured the essence of the Pacific Region, including the representation of the 15 member countries and ideology based on our project work that focuses on a circular economy.
The 15 members are represented by the leaves which feature Pacific designs with the colours representing our Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Timor-Leste country members. The green branch design represents not only a circular economy but also the PacWastePlus project itself that brings all member countries together to enhance waste management practices, policies, and advocacy in the Pacific.
Our latest resources
Programme Governance Document
PacWastePlus Steering Committee Meeting Report 2022
The Project Steering Committee is established to guide the development and implementation of the PacWastePlus Programme, ensuring a fair and reasonable decision-making process for project priorities and funding allocations. The committee meets on an annual basis to discuss project activity and confirm forward activity for 12 months. The 2022 Steering Committee Meeting, themed “Implementation and Commitments”, was held as a virtual event (zoom meeting) due to the continued travel restrictions imposed in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Due to the online meeting format, the steering committee meeting was a focused 4 hours meeting that provided high-level discussions on activities. The following report provides a summary of discussions and provides details of the various project activities presented at the meeting
Niue Waste Audit Report
The information and data gathered from these waste audits will be used by countries in the Pacific to support the development and monitoring of waste and resource recovery projects and recommend the infrastructure and policy interventions required. The regional dataset will also be used to identify and evaluate potential regional projects that would improve waste management in the region.
Meet our team
Mr. Bradley Nolan is the PacWastePlus Project Manager. Bradley, an Australian National, is responsible for all elements of the project design and implementation, and works directly with donors and partners to ensure the best possible outcome is achieved through the donor funding.
Technical Waste Project Officer - Hazardous Waste
Mr. Lance Richman is the PacWastePlus Technical Waste Project Officer - Hazardous Waste. Lance is a national of the United States with more than 30 years’ experience in hazardous waste management and pollution control.
Technical Waste Project Officer - Solid Waste
Ms. Sainimili Bulai is the PacWastePlus Technical Waste Project Officer – Solid Waste. Sainimili, a Fiji national, has a wealth of experience in waste management gained from her time at the Fiji, Department of Environment, Ministry of Waterways and Environment.
Technical Waste Project Officer - Resource Recovery
Ms. Hilary Boyes is the PacWastePlus Technical Waste Project Officer – Resource Recovery. Hilary, a New Zealand national, has more than 13 years’ experience as an Environmental Adviser from numerous countries including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, Kiribati, and Tuvalu.
Mr. Nitish Narayan is the PacWastePlus Communications Officer. Nitish, a Fiji national, has over 20-years of experience in communications and is leading the programme’s communications and visibility activities.
Finance and Procurement Officer
Ms. Sela Soakai-Simamao is the PacWastePlus Finance and Procurement Officer. A Tongan national, is responsible for the financial management, procurement activities, and management support to the PacWastePlus program team.
Regional Project Officer - Vanuatu
Mr. Michael Taiki is our Regional Project Officer based in Vanuatu. Michael is working directly with colleagues in Cook Islands, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Vanuatu on the design and implementation of PacWastePlus actions.
Technical and Administration Officer
Ms. Crystal Schwenke is the Programme’s Technical and Administration Officer. Crystal, a Samoan national, is providing project assistance and support to the Programme Management Unit and country focal points on the implementation of the PacWastePlus Programme
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Our Programme Partners
PacWastePlus is supported by the following projects and organisations
The Sustainable Waste Actions in the Pacific (SWAP) Project is funded by Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). SWAP will span Fiji, French Polynesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, and Wallis and Futuna with technical backstopping of New Caledonia.
SPREP and UNEP spent all of 2019 and 2020 undertaking a region-wide consultation with 14 of its members to develop a project proposal to be submitted to the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Secretariat under its 7th round of funding. The GEF ISLANDS Project will commence in 2021 and will be implemented in 14 countries in the Pacific Region (Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu) with a budget of $20 million
Pacific Ocean Litter Project (POLP)
In 2019 the Australian Government commenced its Pacific Ocean Litter Project (POLP), implemented by SPREP, with a commitment of AUD $16 million. POLP aims to reduce single use plastics (such as plastic bags, take-away food packaging, plastic cutlery and straws, and PET bottles) in the coastal environments of Pacific Island countries.
JICA/SPREP Solid Waste Initiative In order to realize the commitment of the Government of Japan at the 2nd PALM (Japan-Pacific Leaders' Meeting) in 2000, JICA started assisting PICs in terms of solid waste management in collaboration with SPREP.
Pacific Region Infrastructure Facility (PRIF)
PRIF provides an interface between development partners and its Pacific member countries to improve the quality and coverage of infrastructure and service delivery. It works to enhance coordination of PRIF partner investments in the Pacific and provide technical advice on infrastructure development and sustainable infrastructure management to PRIF partners and member countries.
The Inform project will establish a Pacific island network of national and regional data repositories and reporting tools to support the monitoring, evaluation, and analysis of environmental information, which supports environmental planning, forecasting, and reporting requirements.
Project Partner News
Roundtable Discussions Finalising the ARDF Policy
To reduce recyclable waste entering landfills and to incentivise the community to recycle, Infrastructure Cook Islands (ICI) is designing and establishing an Advance Recovery Fee and Deposit (ARFD) scheme. ICI recently hosted a Roundtable with project stakeholders which generated valuable discussion between the government departments responsible for key activities of...
Fiji Committed to Improving the Management of End-Of-Life Tyres
The Fijian Government is exploring the possibility of using old tyres to lay new roads (Fiji Broadcasting Cooperation (Fiji) Limited article-11th March 2022) Fiji’s Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum stated that Fiji is looking at replicating roadmaking practices in other countries where rubber is mixed with glass and bitumen....
New Working Group ‘Gets to Work’ in PNG
A Working Group of government departments has commenced work in Papua New Guinea, engaging with the Conservation and Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA) in the design of an Advance Recovery Fee and Deposit (ARFD) scheme. PNG is considering the options for an ARFD to provide a self-sustaining, financially viable scheme to...