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APP Begins Island Community Water Security Initiative

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Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), Jakarta, Indonesia, has begun a new water security and sustainable living project on Indonesia's Pari Island (Thousand Islands), which includes improving water resource technology, waste management, and providing the community with training on sanitation and hygiene.

As the island primarily depends on tourism, this project will also be working on education programs, teaching tourists smarter water usage, and waste reduction techniques.

The current project is built on the "Community Education to Raise Awareness on Water Security and Water Quality in Small Islands," project which was completed on Pari island this past year.

As chair of the Indonesia Water Mandate Working Group (IWMWG) under the Indonesia Global Compact Network (IGCN), APP, in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office Jakarta, Habitat for Humanity Indonesia, and the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), is seeking solutions that would offer better water quality and management by utilizing the lessons learned and recommendations made on Pari Island.

Some of the recommendations are to support local community initiatives, including local entrepreneurs.

APP's initiative coincides with this year's World Environment Day theme #BeatPlasticPollution, working with smaller communities to strive for a waste-free water supply.

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