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The Eco-Pro team has initiated and guided several projects in ecological sanitation (ecosan) of human excreta and educational programs in sanitation and waste management. When still working under AuroAnnam, the team has initiated and guided post-tsunami emergency hygiene measures in coastal villages in Tamil Nadu, has collaborated in projects of municipal waste management, and in 2006 co-organized a conference of two days on ecosan.

Our NGO partners in these and various other activities have been Scope in Trichy, Bless in Cuddalore, ACTED in Puducherry, Swayam Shikshan Prayog at Cuddalore, Ekoventure at Puducherry, and several Auroville-based agencies e.g. Auroville Centre for Scientific Research (CSR), Auroville EcoService, Auroville Health Services, Auroville Water Harvest, Palmyra, and Soma Waste Management. We have also cooperated with World Vision India in Tamil Nadu, with Humana – People to People at Puducherry, and with UNICEF, Chennai.

In 2008/09 and 2009/10 we have implemented two programs on integrated water resources management in Krishnagiri District, Tamil Nadu. These programs are called “Wise Water Management” and based on a request by UNICEF, Chennai. The first was conducted in eight Government High Schools and the second in twelve girls hostels. This has led to the publication of a small booklet under the title “Wise Water Management in Schools”. The programs involved educational components as well as infrastructural repair and upgrading, i.e. of water supply and drinking water filters, of toilets, of wastewater treatment and re-use, of rainwater harvesting, and activities of ecological garden design and campus landscaping.

Similarly we have cooperated with state and district level offices in training sessions for government officials, with the DRDA (District Rural Development Authority), with the Directorate of Town Panchayats, with District Collector’s offices, Municipalities, Town and Village Panchayats, in many districts of Tamil Nadu and in Chennai, as well as in Puducherry and Karaikal.

   

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