Jenrok Models Improved Waste Management for the Marshall Islands

For many years Majuro Atoll, the capital and gateway to the Marshall Islands, has suffered from unplanned and uncontrolled development resulting in increased poverty, crime, and pollution. This situation has now reached a crisis point where it is now seriously compromising the quality of life for the 25,000 people who live there.

The long-term economic stability of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is also in question as there is no real industry to support its growing population and unemployment is spiralling out of control. Unemployment was pegged at 30 percent in 1999 but economic conditions have since deteriorated.

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Suzanne Chutaro
Pacific Regional Environment Programme
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