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Since 1998, Earth Forever Foundation has started working for improved school and rural sanitation in Bulgaria on mutltistakeholder platform, involving local people – rural mayors, experts, schools, cultural, religious, health institutions, CBOs and households; local governments, municipal officers, municipal and regional institutions; ministries of Health, Agriculture, Regional Development, Environment and Health.
Our sustainable sanitation projects are multisectoral. We gather together people from water and wastewater, solid waste, health, education, governance, legislation; academicians, experts, politicians and ordinary village people.
In Bulgaria the only practices in sanitation use are pit latrines for rural areas and soak-aways (some 65% of the population) and sewers in largest urban agglomerations.
Our NGO works to disseminate information about various alternative technologies for sustainable management of human wastes and domestic wastewater – urine-diverting toilets, planted filters, mulch filters, biogas installations, composting and vermicomposting, etc. Unlike many other actors in the field, we apply holistic and system approach always. In our pilot infrastructure, we close both the cycle of nutrients and the water cycle (safe treatment – safe reuse in agriculture). Our projects include always both ‘soft’ measures and ‘hard’ measures. We do not only build model infrastructure, we build local capacity for maintenance, monitoring and scaling up. We involve local actors from the very beginning (local government, schools, cultural and religious institutions, business, medical experts, NGOs, households) educating them to take informed decisions from the planning phase through implementation, monitoring and assessment phase for community ownership and sustainability.
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Mrs. Iskreva’s career has been associated with Bulgarian NGO sector since its dawn in 1989.
In 1998 she became the founder and leader of Earth Forever Foundation and works for improved sanitation and environment.
Diana is BSc in Physical Geography, MSc in Geosystem management, MSc in Ecological Agriculture, MSc in Environmental Management, Control and Health, MSc in European Studies.
She has been member of the Board of Bulgarian Society for Education and Culture, Democracy Network Program, WSSCC, International Secretariat for Water, SEE, WECF.