On Friday, 22 March 2019, the representatives of Laos Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT), Department of Housing and Urban Planning (DHUP), and the Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enable capacity building projects for the DHUP on urban environmental improvement, focussing on polycentric approaches to urban water and solid waste management. The event was honour chaired by Ms. Vilaykham Phosalath, Vice Minister of MPWT, and many related departments attended.
Since 1 February 2013, MPWT and BORDA have directly cooperated to promote improved public health in low-income urban and peri-urban settlements and to reduce organic pollution of precious fresh water sources for the benefit of all in Laos. And since 2017, BORDA has worked to realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda by supporting sustainable development through capacity building, enabling municipalities to implement improved and safely managed water, wastewater and solid waste services and in turn create clean and liveable spaces.
From now onward, DHUP and BORDA will continue to build on the foundation of our past and present projects by building Integrated Sanitation Approach (ISA) capacity for the government as well as DHUP. The aim is to improve the urban environment, especially in the urban water and wastewater sectors, by applying the technologies, polycentric planning processes and other elements that make up the ISA.
Mr. Khamthavy Thaiphachanh, Director General of DHUP, stated that the cooperation with BORDA over the past six years has been a great success, and is happy that BORDA is working more in the development context in Laos. He pointed out that the ISA, with its new technology and innovations, is very appropriate to the situation in Laos, and expressed his thanks to BORDA for transmitting new knowledge to DHUP and for getting involved in urban environment management.
On 22 March 2019, BORDA and the Laos Department of Housing and Urban Planning signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enable capacity building on the Integrated Sanitation Approach (ISA) for urban water and solid waste management
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