Innovative Actions for Community-based Water Management and Education: Papua New Guinea
Total Project Cost: $237,300
PEF Financing: $177,975
Approval Date: 13 February 2006
Main Project Partner: Live and Learn Environmental Education
Project Officer: Steven van der Tak, Papua New Guinea Resident Mission
Type of Intervention: Pilot Intervention
The project improved drinking water and sanitation of poor rural communities in West New Britain, PNG using environmental education and micro-investment in sustainable technology.
The project recognized that land disputes, illegal logging practices, erosion of small islands and reduction of the fresh-water lens on many small islands of West New Britain have left many villagers with no access to safe water. This meant that more people are getting sick with gastro-related illnesses and villagers (mainly women) need to travel daily to collect water.
The proposed dual approach to community-based water management; involving micro-investments and education, has the strength to directly reduce water poverty through the provision of water supply to poor communities and heighten awareness and action by transferring knowledge and skills directly to the target communities which will assist in protecting water resources and uphold a better quality of life.
- Learning and awareness tools developed
- 10 river regeneration plans
- Increased capacity of communities to install and manage environment-friendly water catchment system
- Improved access to safe water
- Increased awareness of communities on water quality and its impact on health
- Built self-reliance of communities to identify the causes of freshwater resources degradation and apply simple solutions
- Improved living conditions for 10,000 people in resources-constrained, remote communities
- Empowerment and increased capacity of communities to address water management problems
Major Components and Activities
- Improving drinking water quality and sanitation for 10,000 people through the construction and operation of communal water tanks in 16 selected communities
- Awareness-raising and action in the targeted communities on improving water quality in rivers and of drinking water
- Monitoring of water quality
- Conduct of comprehensive impact evaluation
- Synthesis and dissemination of lesson learned in other areas in the South Pacific