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As part of the Erakor Lagoon Restoration Plan, which aims to Save the Erakor Lagoons by Stop Pollution, Clean the Lagoon, Restore it, while providing livelihoods, awareness and education to the communities, on the June 5 2023 the Erakor Chief of Solwota launched an online “Municipal Solid Waste Management in Developing Countries”.
The course provides an overview of the municipal solid waste management situation in low- and middle-income countries. It covers key elements of the waste management system, such as its technical, environmental, social, financial and institutional aspects. Besides understanding the challenges, the course introduces the participants to appropriate and already applied solutions through selected case studies.
The first two students who completed the course decided to make another one: “Planning & Design of Sanitation Systems and Technologies” also from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in partnership with Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology.
Under the program of the Environment Week organised by multiple stakeholders, on the June 5, 2024, we had the graduation ceremony of 9 students, mostly members of “the Erakor Bridge Youth Revolution Association” who completed the course (11 certificates). The student’s graduation happened at the Agence Universitaire Francophone at the National University of Vanuatu. This ceremony was also the launch of a new edition of both courses, as the group wants to invite more people to join and form a knowledge network of solid and water waste.
In the same week, a new compost toilet was inaugurated at the Erakor Bridge with the support of Engineers without Borders in Vanuatu.
The group of students are committed to assist the Communities living around the Erakor Lagoon to improve solid and water waste and also to be tutors of new students of both courses. Any person interested to join the course and the network can contact the FB page Vanuatu Clean.
8 of June is the World Ocean Day. The group is genuinely committed to Save the Erakor Lagoons and expect more stakeholders to join them in the same efforts.