Phitsanulok is particularly famed for its ‘Phitsanulok Model’ of integrated solid waste management. In 1992, the municipality cooperated with the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ; currently GIZ) to develop a training course to help other municipalities adopt and replicate the Phitsanulok Model using a ‘train the trainers’ and community-based approach. The model has won awards locally and internationally, such as first prize in the national Zero Waste Management Contest organised by Thailand’s Department of Environmental Quality Promotion and the Dubai International Award for Best Practices (2006), among others. The city participated in the ASEAN ESC Model Cities Programme, reviewing its community-based solid waste management training course and recruiting new trainers to its training pool.
(Photo: Dr. Premruadee Charmpoonod, Mayor of Phitsanulok Municipality)
By 2020, Phitsanulok aspires to be a green, clean and healthy city providing a high quality of life for all residents. Phitsanulok will be an attractive city where local wisdom and local cultures are conserved and practised. There will be full decentralisation and people will contribute to the city’s administration.