UDD toilets with reuse in allotment gardens Cagayan de Oro, Philippines - Case study of sustainable sanitation projects

This case study is about a large pilot scale project to upgrade sanitation in urban area. The project provided UDDTs for 100 urban poor families in 10 self-sustaining allotment gardens. It was implemented by GTZ on behalf of the German Ministry BMZ. The overall objective of the project is to improve the living conditions for urban poor families of Cagayan de Oro City through the introduction of the ecological sanitation concept in several allotment gardens of the city. A basic assessment was carried out to indicate in which of the five sustainability criteria for sanitation (according to the SuSanA Vision Document 1) this project has its strengths and which aspects were not emphasized (weaknesses). Regarding the long-term impacts of this project, it can be said that the establishment of these gardens has significantly contributed to the improvement of food security of the participating families as well as of the neighbouring families who can buy fresh, affordable and safe vegetables. Another advantage besides gardening is the fact that the gardeners collect the biodegradable wastes from the neighbouring households for composting.

This teaching case is available here.

Authored by R. Holmer, H. Factura III, A. Miso, G. Sol, C. Santos Jr., E. Elorde, S. Lee, and A. Montes.

Published by Sustainable Sanitation Alliance.

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