Exchange of Notes for the Grant Aid for Environment and Climate Change to the Palestinian Authority (Jericho Wastewater Collection, Treatment System and Reuse Project)

February 28, 2011
Japanese

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend a Grant Aid for Environment and Climate Change (Jericho Wastewater Collection, Treatment System and Reuse Project) up to 2.65 billion JPY (2,650,000,000YEN) to the Palestinian Authority.  Notes to this effect were exchanged on Monday, February 28 (the same day at local time) in Ramallah in the West Bank, between Mr. Naofumi Hashimoto, Representative of Japan to the Palestinian Authority, and H.E. Dr. Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister, Palestinian Authority.

  2. This project aims to construct a sewage treatment plant with a resource-circulative system, which contains Japan’s advanced energy-saving technologies, in Jericho and Jordan River Rift Valley area where serious environmental problems have been caused by untreated wastewater staying therein due to its geographical features.  It will make effective reuse of the treated water as a valuable water resource for irrigations over the area.  Through implementing this aid, it is expected not only to improve the living conditions and hygienic environment of those local residents who have been threatened by the soil and ground water pollutions caused by the foul wastewater, but also to contribute to a rise in the agricultural production over the area.  Furthermore, as these Palestinian efforts to preserve the environment and the ground water resource would also benefit such neighboring countries as Israel which shares the same ground water vein, this project could eventually help the confidence-building between the Palestinians and the Israelis.

  3. In order to support the overseas expansion of Japan’s advanced technologies for environment and energy-conservation, the Government of Japan is making efforts to disseminate and promote such technologies in developing countries through its FY2010 supplementary budget.  This grant aid is part of such efforts by Japan.  At the same time, it also demonstrates Japan’s overall support for the efforts of the Palestinian Authority to achieve its own state-building and its economic independence toward co-existence and co-prosperity with Israel.

(Reference) The Palestinian territories cover a land area of 6,020 square kilometers and has a population of approximately 3.76 million people (2005). Its Gross National Income (GNI) per capita is about 1,230 USD (2006).

    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)
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