The Tarumitra Bio-reserve and Ecology Centre in Digha, Patna District, Bihar is a respected and popular local environmental education centre. In partnership with the WASH Institute in India, SEI supported the construction of a new ecological sanitation (ecosan) and hygiene facility at Tarumitra.

With many innovative features, the facility allows the centre’s many visitors to see ecosan in action and learn about ecosan and its benefits from Tarumitra staff. In addition, urine harvested from the urine-diverting dry toilets is used as fertilizer at Tarumitra’s nearby organic farm, and an agricultural scientist based at the Bio-reserve is researching the use of urine as a pesticide.

The support was provided under a three-year action-research project carried out collaboratively by SEI and the WASH Institute, India, with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

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