Bulgaria: Water safety plans
Environmental education for teachers as multipliers for children and young people at the example of rural communities in Bulgaria
|Donors:||Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt|
|Partners:||EfE, Eco World|
|Issues:||Water & Sanitation|
|Duration:||08/2011 - 11/2012|
The aim of the project was to raise awareness for environmental protection - to encourage the population through the creation of drinking water safety plans for local water supply systems with the inclusion of students, youths, teachers, local people and authorities - particularly in the field of water quality.
In Bulgaria, more than three Million people have no access to safe sanitation. Sanitation is especially scarce in the rural areas with pit latrines as the common sight. Often toilets are not emptied for a long time and the waste water is only thrown onto the streets and courtyards. Nitrogen and microorganisms contaminate the ground-water, polluting the environment. Safety-plans for sources of drinking water are usually ignored. The general population is often unaware of the interconnections of the quality of the water, sanitation, hygiene, fertilising and health.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has developed the innovative tool of Water Safety Plans, WSP to ensure the quality of water-systems, including small wells and small-scale local centralised water-supply systems. This allows to minimise the health risks. In those WSPs the civil society is of crucial importance, besides the authorities and the local suppliers.
The project is in line with the EU-directive which aims at educating and training young people on (waste) water cycle, protection of water resources and sustainable water usage. The training is supposed to be structured and practical.
- Preparing WSP materials, such as reworking and adjusting the WSP teaching materials for teachers and pupils; Translation of the documents into Bulgarian.
- Training of teachers about realizing the project and development of WSP together with pupils, young people, and the local population.
- Implementation of the WSP modules in cooperation with local partners. Identification of drinking water problems with the participating schools.
- Publicity work, awareness raising and planning of actions to increase the water quality and minimise the risks.
- Presentation of results in seminars, media and local fairs.
See the German website for a more extensive report on this project.
Contact: Friedemann Klimek email@example.com
Beyond 2020: Sustainable Chemistry
From NGO side WECF, Health Care Without Harm and Chemsec were invited to give their ideas on sustainable chemistry and the new ISC3
Open Letter To the G20 Health Ministers Signed
As a HEAL (Health and Environment Alliance) member, WECF has signed the open letter to the G20 Health Ministers, ahead of their first ever meeting coming Friday, 19th May in Berlin.
Feasibility study of gender-sensitive energy cooperatives in Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova
New report by WECF offers report offers an overview of the feasibility of gender-sensitive energy cooperatives in Georgia, Ukraine, Armenia and Moldova.
Bonn Climate Negotiations - United Nations Climate Change Conference (@UNFCCC)
WECF joined together physically and on Twitter for the Bonn Climate Negotiations in Bonn, Germany.
Recycling contaminates plastic children’s toys with toxic chemicals from electronic waste
A new global survey finds that recycling plastics containing toxic flame retardant chemicals found in electronic waste results in contamination of the world’s best-selling toy: The Rubik’s Cube.
NGO statement concerning the situation in Belarus
21st meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention Geneva, 4-6 April 2017
Ekoforum Zenica and WECF organised training and presentation on 'EcoSan: Reducing chemicals and pollution of drinking water sources in rural communities'
Eco Forum Zenica, in partnership with WECF International, Journalists for Human Rights (Macedonia), Women and Development (Albania) and UNEP, work together on the construction and installation of EcoSan toilets, filters for waste water and composting help, in order to reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and protect drinking water sources
Towards improved - sustainable - sanitation for rural women, men and children
National technical standards on ecosan toilets and constructed wetlands initiated by WECF for the Republic of Moldova
World Water Day 2017: Why waste water is part of the Sustainable Development Goals?
SDG6 is about ensuring adequate and sustainable water supply. One of the targets is to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater
WECF at CSW61: invitation to our side event "Empowering Energy"
SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT: come along and join our fruitful discussion on gender just energy cooperatives as source for economic empowerment.