| || || Khatri, Kamal.|
| || || People, pigs and pollution : a participatory approach to pig-waste management at the village level in Fiji|
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Call No.: pac In Process
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Abstract: The thesis is about the interaction between people, their pigs and pollution and how two selected communities in Fiji view this at the village level. The major pillar of this research is the use of participatory approaches in an effort to gauge pig waste problems and ways in which this can be addressed. In the Pacific, environmental concerns with pig waste have increased mostly due to lack of treatment of wastewater, location of piggeries in the vicinity of streams and concentration of pigs in a limited land area. For this study, both social and scientific methods have been used as both are interrelated and integral components to better understand factors affecting people in managing pig waste. Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) method was used to gather community perceptions on pig waste and stream water in the study area was tested to determine the status of water quality. Interesting outcomes have resulted from this research. It was found that participatory approaches are very effective at the village level if correct tools are used depending on the goal of the project. There is no simple solution to a problem as there can be several different ways of looking at a particular situation. It is important to incorporate community views in the design phase to ensure ownership and sustainability of a project. People can be very dynamic in nature and thus understanding the underlying factors that affect them is a complex process. Major constraints that were faced during the course of the research have been outlined in the discussion chapter. Key findings and their implications have been provided in the final chapter. Suggestions as to how a participatory approach should be applied in future projects and the steps that should be taken to safeguard the environment and human health from pig waste have been recommended.