Grassroots Technical Cooperation Projects in Indonesia

Takashi Hayase, Professor
Graduate School of Fisheries and Environmental Sciences

We need to improve the relationship between human beings and mother nature to advance sustainable development and create a sustainable society. In this project (JICA Grassroots Technical Cooperation Projects in Indonesia, 2010-2012), we strengthened a community relationship based in an elementary school district, located in an economically struggling area of Indonesia, to help support their capacities to take initiative and act toward solving community issues. The project aims to cultivate human resources capable of solving a community-based problems regarding sustainable development in the future.

After discussing environmental issues in the community, it was found that their top priority issues were the polluting of a nearby stream and flood prevention. The community did what they could do to solve these issues by making the results of the monitoring of the water quality available, campaigning for water cleaning actions, and installing a methane fermentation toilet that treats water instead of having raw sewage flow directly into the stream. These activities also helped to build a sense of ‘green development’ and a need to address waste management within the community.

This project was conducted with cooperation from Nagasaki city, and there are plans to expand this network with help from the Nagasaki government and its citizens.

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