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Dominica

Tan-Tan

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Conservation benefit: Restore water quality in rivers, beaches and bay

Community benefit: Construction of bathrooms

 

Date Approved: 07.2000

Ocean

This project protects ocean ecosystems, making coastal communities more economically and physically secure in the face of climate change.

Tan-Tan is a poor village on the island of Dominica in the Caribbean. Because of inadequate plumbing, villagers were using the rivers to the north and south as toilets, which hurt the environmental quality of the rivers, beaches, and adjacent ocean. To alleviate this problem, the village began constructing  four separate bathrooms and showers for public use. The construction was 65 percent complete, but the village needed funding to purchase plumbing fixtures to finish this project. Seacology’s support enabled the villagers of Tan-Tan to complete construction.

Project Updates

November 2003

The “public convenience” is in use, and the project is being seen as a model of community initiative relating basic health needs to tourism and conservation.

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