GHD awarded for pesticide container management project

GHD Pty Ltd

Thursday, 17 January, 2019


GHD awarded for pesticide container management project

Professional services company GHD has been recognised for its successful delivery of a pesticide container management project, winning the Internationally Funded Humanitarian Aid category award at the 2018 Asia Pacific Federation of Project Management (APFPM) Awards.

GHD was engaged by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Program to improve the management of used pesticide containers in the region in alignment with the UN Millennium Development Goals. In many Pacific Island countries, used pesticide containers are re-used for water storage or burned, posing high risks for human health and the environment.

The project team conducted baseline surveys of pesticide container management in 14 Pacific Island countries, and developed an integrated waste management strategy for Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, including a legislative review.

A particular complex aspect of the project was the need to consider sustainable changes to waste management practices within the constraints of small island countries. Having identified a preferred waste management model, GHD recommended that the model be trialled in one country, refined and then expanded across the Pacific region.

The APFPM award is the third time GHD has received recognition for this project; it also won the 2018 Western Australia Australian Institute of Project Management Award and the 2018 National Australian Institute of Project Management Award.

“We’re extremely proud to win this third award for our management of this important environmental project in the Pacific region,” said Daniel Todd, GHD’s Technical Director – Environment, Queensland. “Once again this represents a very strong endorsement of the robust project management skills we can bring to international development assistance work, including our ability to successfully coordinate the efforts of team members across multiple countries.”

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