… The Pacific Environment Community Fund solar-powered seawater desalination project will be officially handed over to National Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru by Japan’s Ambassador Satoshi Nakajima in a handover ceremony on Bipi Island.
The grant contract was signed in April last year between PNG and Japan to allocate K12 million for this project out of the Pacific Environment Community Fund which Japan created for Pacific Island countries affected by impacts of climate change and rising sea levels.
The rural communities of Bipi, Mbuke and Whal Islands will benefit from this project. The people on these islands have been affected by climate change causing rise in sea levels leading to seawater intrusion, thus making the water undrinkable for human consumption.
This solar-powered seawater desalination project aims to solve the most basic needs of islanders by establishing a sustainable and reliable water supply system during the dry season, the drought periods, natural disasters and emergencies.
This project is the first of its kind in PNG using Japan’s advanced desalination technology and implemented by Japanese company Sojitz, thus is expected to further strengthen business relations and partnership between PNG and Japan.