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Indonesia, Tangerang: Taiwan funds community-based urban sanitation project

RTI International has been awarded a grant from the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs to implement a small project to address low-income urban sanitation conditions in one sub-district in Tangerang, Banten Province.

The program will work in partnership with an Indonesian non-profit organization and in collaboration with the Environmental Quality Protection Foundation (EQPF) of Taiwan to facilitate community-based planning and targeted infrastructure improvements in the selected community and school districts.

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This program will build upon the good practices of a well-regarded Indonesian non-governmental organization, the Institute for Integrated Social and Economic Development, better known as BEST (Bina Ekonomi Sosial Terpadu). BEST, established in 1995, has a strong track record of sanitation programming in Tangerang, among other locations in the country.

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Tangerang has a large population of urban migrant workers, living in densely populated and low-resourced urban areas. Urban infrastructure improvements and basic services have not kept pace with the rapid population growth. Many of the low-income labor force live in areas that are poorly served with water, improved sanitation or solid waste infrastructure and services.

RTI International a research institute with its headquarters in the USA and international offices in 7 other countries including Indonesia, South Africa and El Salvador. For more about RTI’s activities in water supply and sanitation see their brochure and list of international environmental projects.

Source: RTI, 13 May 2010

Taiwan – Pigs using toilets to curb pollution

FARMERS in southern Taiwan have started to potty-train their pigs in response to a planned water pollution fee.

To keep their livestock from defecating into nearby rivers, a growing number of farms have established special “toilets” smeared with faeces and urine to attract the pigs – and farmers say the results have been very encouraging.

“The pig toilets on my farm help me collect about 95 per cent of all pig waste, making cleaning much, much easier,” Chang Chung-tou, a pig farmer in Yunlin county, said.

The Environmental Protection Administration, which will introduce a new fee on water pollution in the middle of 2010, plans to encourage other pig breeders to begin potty training.

“Apart from Yunlin, we have launched trial pig toilets in Changhua county (in central Taiwan). We are evaluating the results,” an official from the administration said.

Taiwan has a total of about six million pigs, most of them raised on farms in the centre and the south.

One in five complaints about water pollution received by the administration is about waste from livestock farms.

Source – Herald Sun