The Ministry of Environment will start implementing ground works with communities on the National Rehabilitation program to clean up the Mataniko River next year.
Launched in June this year, the program is now in its awareness and baseline studies.
Project Coordinator Debra Potakana told SIBC News, the project has been progressing slowly due to financial challenges but hopes to start its ground implementation next year.
“But as soon as the baseline survey is completed and its recommendations complied, I believe it should be completed by the end of this year, when we should have all these recommendations and I hope by next year we should start on the ground implementation with communities at Mataniko.”
Mrs Potakana adds, the National Rehabilitation project is a five year plan to clean up the Mataniko River with a support of $1.5 million per year from the government.