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 landfill 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.
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 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.
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.