What it's about:
An international project aimed at improving sanitation in the developing world will begin by developing urban slums in Fiji and Indonesia over the next five years. The two countries were chosen for their contrasting cultural and climatic challenges.
Led by Australia’s Monash University and a consortium of other universities including Stanford and Emory in America, the project will encourage each slum to recycle its own wastewater, harvest rainwater and create green spaces for water purification and food cultivation.
A community-led approach will encourage local people to develop water and sanitation services that work best for them. The team will spend the first six months developing partnerships with the communities involved in the pilot studies.
The findings will then be applied more widely to trial decentralised water management systems in urban slums around the world. This project will also deliver the first public health and environmental data on the outcomes of an alternative water management approach.
Why it's noteworthy:
This community-led international project could provide a blueprint for ecologically and economically sustainable water and sanitation solutions in cities. It could benefit more than a billion people living in urban slums, mostly in developing countries.
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