Enhancing the RMI’s Water and Sewage Treatment Facilities for Stronger Disaster Preparedness and Response

February 7, 2024
RMI

Honorable Mr. Tanaka Kazunari, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the RMI, Ms. Abacca Anjain-Maddison, Deputy Chief Secretary, Yoko Ebisawa, EDCR Project Manager, and Damian Capelle, General Manager of Majuro Water and Sewage Company at the handover ceremony in Majuro.

Photo: UNDP

Majuro, the Republic of Marshall Islands - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Governments of Japan and the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), marked a major milestone in the Enhancing Disaster and Climate Resilience (EDCR) project by officially handing over backup generators to the Majuro Water and Sewage Company (MWSC).

The event, graced by esteemed dignitaries and representatives, marks a significant milestone in enhancing the RMI's ability to respond to disasters and climate-related challenges.

Launched in 2019, the EDCR project tackles climate change and environmental threats across several North Pacific nations. It focuses on strengthening these countries' preparedness and response capabilities by improving disaster communication and climate monitoring, enhancing responder readiness through training and equipment, and bolstering community resilience through sustainable water management and social inclusion practices.  

Operating primarily in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau, the project has already yielded positive results, including improved disaster anticipation, enhanced resource management, and empowered local responders.

During the handover, Damian Capelle, General Manager of MWSC, highlighted the crucial role of the newly acquired backup generators in ensuring the continuous and reliable operations of the RMI's water and sewage facilities. He remarked:

"We have faced operational challenges, but thankfully, through the EDCR project, we were able to procure these generators. That's why we are here celebrating today."

Representing the Government of the RMI, Deputy Chief Secretary Abacca Anjain-Maddison expressed gratitude to the Government of Japan and UNDP for their generous contributions, including the Emergency Operation Center, which is under construction in Ebeye.

His Excellency Tanaka Kazunari, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the RMI, conveyed sincere appreciation to officials and implementing partners, recognizing their unwavering efforts under challenging conditions.

The equipment is anticipated not only to safeguard community health by ensuring access to clean water but also to significantly contribute to the overall well-being of the people of the RMI.

Kevin Petrini, Country Manager and Deputy Resident Representative in the UNDP Pacific Office in the Federated States of Micronesia, emphasized the significance of the generators; a commitment to advancing key sectors critical to the RMI's development, especially in the face of disasters and adverse climate events.  

"Installing these generators will ensure the uninterrupted operation of the Marshall Islands' water and sewage facilities during power outages and emergencies, strengthening the country's readiness and response abilities," he said.

As the handover ceremony concluded, UNDP and its partners expressed optimism that this equipment would serve as a catalyst for positive change, enhancing capabilities, driving economic growth, and fostering a more resilient future for the RMI. By having standby generators, it furthers the RMI’s ability to ensure constant supply of water at the facility.

For further enquiries:  Teresa White, Finance and Administrative Officer, Enhancing Disaster and Climate Resilience in the Republic of the Marshall Islands Project, UNDP Office in RMI, Tel: +(692) 455 8147, Email: teresa.white@undp.org