Pilot Project to Promote Composting for Climate Change Mitigation in Battambang City

July 2013 - January 2014
1 background

By seeing the short period of waste separation project in Battambang city finishing Phase I in February 2013 and remaining several challenges at the pilot markets (Phsar Nat, Phsar Thmey and Phsar Boeng Chhouk), COMPED and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) decided to concentrate the promotion at only Phsar Boeng Chhouk for composting of organic waste for climate change mitigation in Battambang city with the cooperation of Phitsanulok Municipality (Thailand). The reason to select Phsar Boeng Chhouk is because of its exclusive investment for market waste cleaning, market investment and market waste transportation in addition to high motivation of the market’s cooperation in the previous project phase.
The main activities of the project are to 1) promote waste separation at source; 2) assess appropriate composting technology with economic perspective; 3) collect data of waste quantity and estimation of GHG emission reduction; 4) disseminate the pilot project via a sub-regional workshop in Battambang including waste management and climate change, waste separation promotion for composting, MRV and know-how to estimate GHG emission for MSW of a municipality; and 5) conduct rapid survey on potential replication of waste separation at source for composting in other cities.


2 Project Achievement


The project is the Pilot Project on Promote Organic Waste Utilization for Climate Change Mitigation in Battambang City, Cambodia: promoting organic waste separation at source for composting. The project location is focussing at only Phsar Boeng Chhouk (largest whole selling marker of fruits and vegetable in Battambang city). The project focussing on:

  • stakeholder participation/awareness raising through a study tour to Central Market in Phnom Penh Capital and small subsequent workshops for the vendors and other stakeholders in Battambang city;
  • consultation and monitoring by IGES Japan and other stakeholders from Phitsanouluk Municipality, Thailand;
  • waste analysis, compost analysis and compost experiment;
  • data collection of waste quantity and estimation on GHG emission reduction through resource recovery;
  • introduction of GHG calculation tools and its user manual in Khmer/English;
  • rapid survey on potential replication of waste separation at source for composting in other cities; and
  • sub-regional workshop in Cambodia on improving waste management for climate change mitigation under a Measuring, Reporting, and Verifying (MRV) system.
    • The participants are from 11 cities/ provinces in Cambodia: Total 55 participants, included the representatives from the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia; local and international speakers from Japan and Thailand; competent Environment and City authorities from 11 cities of Cambodia (Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Siem Reap, Kampong Thom, Kampong Cham, Kandal, Kampot, Pheah Sihanouk Kampong Chhnang, Pursat and Phnom Penh); 8 representatives from Lao (5 officers from Vientiane, 2 officers from Luang Prabang and 1 officer from Pakse) and 2 representatives from Yangon cityMyanmar, COMPED, private waste collection companies and representative from Boeng Chhouk market.


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