Background of the project
Over several decades, waste has become one of the major concerns for small island countries in the Pacific region because of severe challenges in coping with the increasing volume and changing characteristics of urban and industrial wastes. Improper waste management has potential to pose a significant negative impact on public health, water and food supply, ecosystems, tourism and trade, resources, and even climate change, which threaten the sustainable development in this region. 

Such unique constraints as geographical isolation, limited resources and economic scale, and dependence on foreign aid and imported goods have made management of solid waste more difficult for Pacific island countries (PICs).

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. 

JICA/SPREP Solid Waste Initiative
  • Dispatch of JICA Expert to SPREP (2000)
  • Regional Training on SWM in Okinawa (2001, 2003, 2005) and Samoa (2002, 2004, 2007)
  • Rehabilitation of Samoa's dumpsite (2002 - 2005)
  • Regional SWM Strategy (2005, 2009)
  • Bi-lateral technical cooperation Project in Palau (2005 - 2008)
  • Bi-lateral technical cooperation Project in Vanuatu (2006 - 2008)
  • Bi-lateral technical cooperation Project in Fiji (2008 - 2011)
  • Regional SWM Project, J-PRISM assisting 11 countries in the Pacific Region (2011 - 2016)
The partnership between SPREP and JICA was enhanced especially through JICA’s previous technical cooperation project on “Solid Waste Management Project in the Oceania Region”, which was based in the Independent State of Samoa and was implemented from 2006 to 2010. One of the remarkable achievements in the region resulting from the joint assistance of JICA and SPREP is the development of the Pacific Regional Solid Waste Management Strategy 2010-2015 after a series of consultation in 2009. This Regional Strategy 2010-2015 was unanimously adopted as the guiding principle for the region at the SPREP Meeting in November 2009.

In response to the strong request of PICs for the continued assistance of Japan, JICA launched a new regional project, the J-PRISM, from February 2011, which is being implemented in eleven (11) PICs as outlined below: 

Overall Goal
Sustainable management of solid waste in the Pacific Region is enhanced

Project Purpose
Human and institutional capacity base for sustainable Solid Waste Management in the Pacific Region is strengthened through implementation of the Pacific Regional Solid Waste Management Strategy (2010-2015)

Aims for the Regional Cooperation
  • Achieving the same regional goal (RSWMS2010-2015)
  • Assisting South-South cooperation among PICs through strengthening regional human resources
  • Better implementation through efficient and effective resource management

Outline of the Project
Project Title Japanese Technical Cooperation Project for Promotion of Regional Initiative on Solid Waste Management in Pacific Island Countries (J-PRISM)
Donor Agency Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Partner Organization Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Period February 2011 – February 2016 (5 years)
Budget 940 million Yen (approx. US$ 11 million) as of April 2012
Member Countries Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of the Fiji Islands, Republic of Kiribati, Republic of Marshall Islands, Republic of Palau, Independent State of Papua New Guinea, Independent State of Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu and Republic of Vanuatu (11 countries)
Beneficiary Countries Member Countries, Cook Islands, Nauru, Niue

Structure of J-PRISM
JPRISM STRUCTUREPolicy of the Project
The objective of J-PRISM is to develop/increase the capacity of the counterparts and the recipient countries as a whole through implementing priority actions listed in the Regional Solid Waste Management Strategy 2010-2015, in order to respond any issues/challenges and provide better solid waste management. Therefore, any input provided by J-PRISM must contribute to increasing their capacity.

In order to achieve the project goals, J-PRISM encourages and promotes initiatives of counterparts with the assistance of JICA experts and experienced local experts/counterparts who have already acquired their skills and knowledge through JICA’s previous cooperation.

Japan’s cooperation in the field of solid waste management in the Pacific region
Creating a Sound Material-cycle Society in Small Islands

Project Office & Experts

Other Partners
  • ILO (Occupational Safety & Health issues)


Mr. Shiro Amano, Cheif Advisor

Mr. Faafetai Sagapolutele, Assistant Cheif Advisor

Ms. Reiko Shindo, SWM Capacity Development/TrainingPlanning/Project Coordinator

Mr. Makoto Tsukiji, Project Coordinator/Aid coordination

Ms. Ayako YoshidaProject Coordinator

Ms. Pueina Parkinson, Project Assistant

J-PRISM Project Office
c/o P.O. Box 240, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), Apia, Samoa
Telephone: (685) 21929 ext 324