Mataniko rehabilitation to be launched - Solomon Star News

Mataniko rehabilitation to be launched

24 May 2014

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The delay was due to logistical issues that the ministry of environment had encountered which had forced the ministry to move the date to fall in line with World Environmental Day.

Wendy Beti told this paper that despite the launch date, the ministry with its stakeholders are working together to prepare programs and plans for the event.

“So far preparations are ongoing with awareness activities on the river catchment areas. So far we have already done a flood assessment of the river,” Ms Beti said.

Ms Beti added that this rehabilitation program will continue throughout the years to come.

Adding, this year the project will mainly focus on the clean up and awareness programs.

She stressed that although the budget for this project is not enough, they hope to increase the budget next year as this project is not an easy task but involves a lengthy and costly exercise.

The Solomon Star understands the government has allocated $1.5 million dollars for this project.

Ms Beti further added that next year they are expecting a much bigger work to be done with a much detailed assessment to be done to carry out the project.

She said after the launch of the project in June, the ministry with its stakeholders will organize workshops and trainings on issues of waste management supported with awareness programs to help communities living along the river bank.

Meanwhile the ministry is urging communities living by the river to work closely with them to make the task a lot easier and to achieve the goals of this project.

By Daniel Namosuaia