Or­na­mi­bo Gar­ba­ge Dump will be clo­sed down

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

The Or­na­mi­bo Gar­ba­ge Dump will be clo­sed down. This was ma­de clear at a sta­ke hol­ders’ mee­ting on Sa­ni­ta­ry Land­fill at the Of­fi­ce of the Pre­si­dent. The govern­ment wants to switch from open dum­ping which is not en­vi­ron­ment friend­ly to sustai­na­ble was­te ma­na­ge­ment. It is not clear, howe­ver, when Or­na­mi­bo will of­fi­ci­al­ly be shut down. Re­ports in­di­ca­te that Su­ri­na­me has 4 ye­ars to car­ry out the pro­ject for con­trol­led was­te ma­na­ge­ment that meets in­ter­na­ti­o­nal standards. Hay­di Be­ren­stein who works at the National Coor­di­na­ti­on of the En­vi­ron­ment De­part­ment at the Of­fi­ce of the Pre­si­dent poin­ted out that Su­ri­na­me has re­cei­ved a $1.308,000 grant from the Glo­bal En­vi­ron­ment Fa­ci­li­ty (GEF). GEF grants di­rect­ly sup­port ac­ti­ons to com­bat ma­jor en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues such as cli­ma­te chan­ge, loss of bi­o­di­ver­si­ty, pol­lu­ted in­ter­na­ti­o­nal wa­ters, land de­gra­da­ti­on and de­ser­ti­fi­ca­ti­on, and per­sis­tent or­ga­nic pol­lu­tants, as well as sti­mu­la­te green growth. Su­ri­na­me ris­ked los­ing the grant be­cau­se the pro­ject that had ini­ti­al­ly star­ted as a was­te­to-ener­gy pro­ject idea did not get off the ground. In or­der to pre­vent Su­ri­na­me from los­ing the grant, the govern­ment chan­ged the pro­ject by swit­ching to a Sa­ni­ta­ry Land­fill that meets in­ter­na­ti­o­nal standards. “We ‘res­cued’ the mo­ney and must ta­ke the bull by the horns,” said Be­ren­stein. Or­na­mi­bo is not a pro­per lo­ca­ti­on for the es­ta­blish­ment of a sa­ni­ta­ry land­fill. Re­ports in­di­ca­te that a few lo­ca­ti­ons ha­ve al­rea­dy been iden­ti­fied. Su­ri­na­me is ex­pec­ted to pitch in with $3.3 mil­li­on.

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