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Pilot ecosanitation demonstration sites in Leningrad region

One of considerable contributors to the nutrient load to the Baltic Sea is runoff from toilets in rural areas in the Leningrad region, Russia. Over 700000 people reside constantly in rural settlements in this area, and about 2 million more come to rest here in summer. The traditional toilet in the area is a pit latrine with no treatment of excreta. Knowledge of ecotechnologies for possible solutions of this problem is almost absent among the population.

Within the Baltic Green Belt project, the Centre for Environmental Initiatives & Friends of the Baltic have built two pilot demonstration sites in Leningrad One of the sites is located on the South shore of the Gulf of Finland, and the other - on the North shore. The overall project goal is protection of rivers and Baltic Sea ecosystems by reduction of nutrient load on the Gulf of Finland. The specific goal of the activities is demonstration, wide dissemination among the public and promotion of environmentally friendly technologies for treatment of toilet wastes in rural areas.

Pilot Demonstration Ecotoilet on the South shore of the Gulf of Finland is a part of the larger building, which includes also a shower and a tank for warming water in summer on the top. The toilet proper is in the right-hand side of the building.

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