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Private sector responds to market for low-cost pit toilets in Bangladesh

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The Indian Government and UNICEF copied the approach in India, financing local groups such as women’s groups to set up production centres and village entrepreneurs to open sanitation markets and shops. The entrepreneurs get training and a starting-up credit which they have to pay back. The first Rural Sanitary Marts (RSM) were set up in Allahabad in early 1990.

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Waste-free Campaign (MALINYA MUKTA KERALAM): a sustainable solution for improved drinking water quality

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Kerala State in India is one among the most thickly populated region in the world. Therefore to meet the needs of the large population, the rivers of Kerala have been increasingly polluted from the industrial and domestic waste and from the pesticides and fertilizer in agriculture.In The biodegradable waste of the urban centres was accepted by the suburban rural areas for composting in the agricultural fields. With increasing content of plastics and non-biodegradable packaging materials, municipal wastes became increasingly unacceptable to cultivators. Apart from number of technology options, following aspects taken into account during the Waste-free campaign in Kerala:  (a) Safe disposal of human excreta, (b) Solid waste management, (c) Liquid waste management, (d) Safe handling of drinking water, (e) Home sanitation and food hygiene, (f) Personal hygiene, (g) )Community environmental sanitation.

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Climate Change impacts and Green technology – a case study from Kerala (India)

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The Government of Kerala recently creates a new Department called Directorate of Environment and Climate Change in order to deal with the emerging impacts and implications of climate change in the State of Kerala in India. An “Environment Impact Assessment Authority” has been formed in Kerala State for monitoring and assessing the environmental impacts.

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Water Tariffs: a tool for Water Regulatory Authorities to improve water use efficiency

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Water scarcity is an ever-growing global problem. Increased population pressures, improved living standards, & growing demand for environmental quality have all prompted governments to find better ways to manage their available water resources. Maharashtra State is the 3rd largest state in India. Read the rest of this entry →

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Urban Agriculture and Food Security

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Disposal of waste is an expensive problem. The recycling of sewage-fed wastewater is an indigenous method in wetlands for the production of fish and vegetables. It meets 25% of food needs. Kolkata in India has the largest recycling Read the rest of this entry →

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Community Based operation and maintenance of Handpumps

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The Save the Children programme has established serviced handpumps and spare parts depots  in several villages in Rajasthan, India.

The operation and maintenance of each handpump is looked after by trained local mechanic. Local water user groups are monitoring the progress of operation and contributing to the maintenance costs.

 

 

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