NATOKALAU VILLAGE COMPOSTING PIGGERY WASTE MANAGEMENT PROJECT
The objectives of this waste management pilot project include; education of villagers on composting methods and environmentalism, construction of an environmentally sound and stable piggery located in an environmentally approved place, people are aware of the harmful effects of Fertilizers and pesticides and understand how compost can replace many of these in their fields, farmers and village women are also producing and using compost to increase production of healthy vegetables initiating healthy lifestyle choices and creating an income generator by selling fruits and vegetables within the village and in town, the marine protected area established by FLMMA in 2006 will show signs of reduced acute nitrogen stress from the lessening of Nitrogenous wastes (the algaes will not grow over corals, algal patch size will decrease, algal frequency will decrease, improves fishing grounds which leads to spillover and greater catches for the fishers in the village), and lastly that the environmental concepts behind this project are understood and transformative to the way of life in Natokalau. Activities in this project include, but are not limited to; construction, compost workshops, animal husbandry workshops, initiation of recorded composting information from pig owners, biological monitoring, water quality testing, constructing village compost bins, and initiating a money management and income generator workshop. Our indications of achievement are as follows; has village health improved (decreasing sickness rate in village, speak with village nurse and mothers, check with Ministry of Health about Leptospirosis and other village health incidents), has the marine protected area improved (biological monitoring to track algal growth decrease in algal concentrations by 10% within 5 months of moving pigs), coral growth (see algal overgrowth stop or reverse (aided by coral planting initiatives starting in October), fish and invertebrate populations (see an increase by 15% of fish and invertebrates present in the near shore surveys)), has water quality improved (water testing kits (water quality will improve within 1 month of moving pigs)) and have people used compost on their crops and side yard gardens to increase healthy sustainable growth of their crops for less money (!00% of pig owners will use material, 100% of women participating in village composting program will utilize compost)).
NATOKALAU PIGGERY COMMITTEE (NATOKALAU QOLIQOLI)
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