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The GEF Pacific IWRM Demonstration Project "EcoSan"

Tuvalu’s GEF Pacific IWRM Demonstration Project entitled “Integrated Sustainable Wastewater Management (EcoSan) for Tuvalu” has strengthened arrangements for improved wastewater management and mainstreamed IWRM into National Policy. The project has also successfully shared sanitation solutions with other Pacific countries. Key project results include successful design and replication of sanitation solutions; successful engagement of Tuvaluan communities and government; development of a National IWRM Policy and Indicator Framework; reduction in sewage pollution across Funafuti and a reduction in freshwater use for sanitation uses.

For Tuvalu (island Fongafale) the objectives of Sustainable Integrated Water Resources and Wastewater Management are:

  • to ensure that the Integrated Water Resources Management Plan is endorsed and legalized by Government and implemented;
  • for the people of Tuvalu to have secure access to potable water; and
  • for the safe disposal of wastewater. (SOPAC 2007a)

To achieve these goals 40 waterless compost toilet were installed on Funafuti. Usually water flushed toilets were used on Tuvalu which leads to water scarcity and a polluted environment.