Newsdetails for Southeast Asia

15.06.2017 13:36 Category: News from BORDA Southeast Asia
by Marina Brueckner-Supriyono, BORDA Indonesia

Celebrating 40 Years of BORDA: Contributions from BORDA Southeast Asia

We are proud! For more than 20 years BORDA and its partners have been active in Southeast Asia, providing sustainable and innovative sanitation solutions that enable poor people to establish a life in a healthy and livable environment, and that contribute to the protection of natural resources.

In close cooperation with local partners as well governmental institutions, international organizations, the private sector, service providers, universities and research institutes, BORDA’s activities extend to all levels of interventions, strengthening social structures as well as developing and implementing innovative approaches to sanitation.


We have achieved a lot in the field of sanitation. Here are a few highlights from our Southeast Asian partner countries Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines (we also have partners in Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar):



After Banda Aceh (Indonesia) was hit hard by a tsunami in December 2004, BORDA and its partners in 2006 designed and supervised the construction of a faecal sludge treatment plant (FSTP), which was financed by UNICEF for the city of Banda Aceh as a post-disaster large-scale sanitation project. The FSTP serves more than 250.000 people and has been well operated and maintained for more than 10 years now by the Environment Agency (Dinas Lingkungan Hidup, Kebersihan dan Keindahan) of Banda Aceh City.


Our local Indonesian partner AKSANSI, an umbrella association of community-based organizations (CBOs), provides services to support the proper operation and maintenance (O&M) of community-based DEWATS systems. Facilitating the co-management of these systems by CBOs and local governments, AKSANSI is an innovator in the field of sustainable post-implementation service provision, currently serving more 1,800 CBOs.


Our Indonesian solid waste management projects—KIPRAH (Kita Pro Sampah is Indonesian for “We pro Waste”) VER (Voluntary Emission Reduction)—have been registered and verified as the first community-based composting projects worldwide under the Gold Standard scheme. Operated by community-based organizations, KIPRAH VER projects apply an innovative aerobic composting method that contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.



Applying the School Based Sanitation (SBS) approach in more than 50 Cambodian schools in cooperation with UNICEF, BORDA Cambodia and its partner ESC (Environmental Sanitation Cambodia) have improved the health, hygiene & sanitation situation for more than 30,000 students and teachers. SBS focuses on building school WASH institutions, promoting health & hygiene education, and improving WASH facilities including on-site wastewater treatment (DEWATS) and their sustainable operation & maintenance.


The first prefabricated DEWATS systems in the Philippines were implemented in 2015 in cooperation with the Catholic Relief Service in Leyte (Palo). Deployed in 34 clusters serving 1-5 households each, these systems are part of resettlement initiatives for areas destroyed by the typhoon Haiyan in 2004. Of particular importance in these implementations is that a community-based approach is applied and the local government together with the systems’ beneficiaries operates and maintains the DEWATS systems.


We keep going towards “Essential public services for all: Clean waters, no waste – liveable cities”

In line with the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, BORDA Southeast Asia has developed an integrated sanitation approach to be applied over the coming years in partner countries in cooperation with local governments to enable municipalities to provide sustainable public services in the field of sanitation and thus contribute to livable cities.


In a notable development, the AIT (Asian Institute for Technology) - BORDA Regenerative Sanitation Knowledge Hub has been set up at AIT Bangkok. The hub will, among other things, function as a testing site for decentralized wastewater treatment systems in the region, and it aims to contribute to the standardization and quality management of decentralized wastewater treatment systems.


We want to thank our staff members as well as all stakeholders for their outstanding commitment and support over the past decades.